Graduate Assistant User Experience (UX) Research

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Information Technology
Teaching and Learning with Technology


Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) is seeking a highly motivated graduate student to assist with User Experience (UX) research and development of applied data science applications for higher education. The Data Empowered Learning team within TLT has created several unique user interfaces that leverage data science to expose end users to new insights and workflows. We are looking for a Research Assistant to help with the UX design and development of the prototypes and and assist with studies that evaluate their potential use cases in higher education. Responsibilities associated with UX design and development include, but are not limited to: Creating mockups of potential workflows; documenting personas and scenarios of use; and assisting with the front-end development of the applications. Familiarity with web design technologies and javascript libraries such as Angular, Vue, SASS, CSS, HTML, etc are a plus. Additionally responsibilities associated with design based research may include, conducting literature reviews, completing/revising IRBs for research projects; assisting with design of data collection tools; collecting and entering data; monitoring and analyzing results from user surveys; and conducting user observations and interviews. The desired candidate should be a flexible thinker who is willing and able to learn new approaches to answering novel research questions. The student should be able to quickly learn and leverage emerging technology and tools. This position requires someone who can work both independently and on teams and who has outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. Applications will require a cover letter, resume, and two references.

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