Post-Doctoral Research Scholar

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Health and Human Development
Human Development and Family Studies


The Pennsylvania State University’s Quantitative Developmental Systems Group ( invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar position focused on the development and application of innovative analytic methods for intensive longitudinal data (dyadic and physiological) in the study of dyadic communication. Successful applicants will work within an interdisciplinary team of investigators using a trove of time-series data to develop models and methods for study of dyadic processes involved in the provision and processing of supportive communication, including how those processes influence individuals’ physiological and psychological function and well-being. Primary responsibilities include conducting data analyses; interfacing with investigators and potential collaborators; participating in interdisciplinary research groups; and preparing grant proposals, conference presentations, and scientific publications. PSU’s Colleges of the Liberal Arts and HHD, and the Departments of Communication Arts & Sciences and Human Development & Family Studies, are well-established and highly regarded research units comprised of faculty, research associates, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students. This post-doctoral position is supported by a federal grant from the National Science Foundation that supports development of conceptual and methodological tools for understanding dyadic and multivariate processes in the context of interpersonal communication. The successful applicant will have contact with the exceptional resources of The Pennsylvania State University, including administrative support staff, hardware and software, and some travel funding. The position is for one year, with possibility of re-funding for an additional year. Qualified individuals will have a Ph.D. in the social, behavioral or health sciences and very strong methodological skills and interests. Individuals with a Ph.D. in statistics or biostatistics with a demonstrated interest in the social, behavioral or health sciences will also be considered. Demonstrated productivity in terms of published journal articles and scientific conference presentations is required. Preference will be given to candidates who are interested in developing a research program in the general area of applied research methods for intensive longitudinal data. Excellent written and oral English communication skills are required. Background in any of the following areas will be considered a plus: communication, co-regulation, interpersonal relations, and observational and experimental design. Interested applicants should upload (1) a letter of application indicating research interests, career goals, and experience; (2) a curriculum vita; and send (3) three letters of professional reference to: Nilam Ram, PhD, and Denise Solomon, PhD, at and Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information, contact Dr. Ram or Dr. Solomon.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088