Human Research Technologist 3

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – H – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
College of Health And Human Development
Biobehavioral Health
Full/Part Time:


The Department of Biobehavioral Health seeks a candidate for a position as a Research Technologist to work with Dr. Idan Shalev. Research in the lab focuses on identifying mechanisms underpinning the biological embedding of stress and its effect on biological aging across the lifespan. Technologies used in the lab include RNA and DNA isolation from human tissues, cell separation, telomere length analysis, gene expression, genotyping, epigenetic methylation and hormone assays. The full-time position is for a Research Technologist to assist Dr. Shalev with a recently funded NIH P50 grant, NIH CAPSTONE Center for Multidisciplinary Research and Training in Child Abuse and Neglect (P50HD089922). A main goal of this center grant is to recruit a prospective cohort of 1,200 maltreated and comparison children, aimed at elucidating the multiple etiological processes believed to play a role in the onset and maintenance of adverse health outcomes for victims. Our lab receives blood, urine and saliva samples for processing and analysis. We are testing telomere length, telomerase activity, mitochondria-related markers, inflammatory cytokines and urine levels of catecholamine (epinephrine and norepinephrine), as well as omics measures of metabolomics and RNA sequencing. All candidates should have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to work with a team. The ability to manage multiple simultaneous tasks and attention to detail are essential. To apply, fill out an online application and upload a cover letter, resume or C.V. and send the contact information for one professional references to Dr. Idan Shalev, Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health, via email to Please indicate “Full-time Research Technologist vacancy” in the subject line of email correspondence. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Additional years of experience working in a wet-lab is strongly preferred. Preference will be given for candidates with expertise in DNA and RNA extractions, protein quantification and qPCR analysis. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

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