Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of the Liberal Arts


The Cognitive Neuroscience of Creativity Lab at The Pennsylvania State University, led by Dr. Roger Beaty, is hiring a full-time Lab Manager. The start date is flexible, but the position will ideally be filled by September 1, 2019. The Lab Manager will have the opportunity to work on a range of behavioral and brain imaging experiments of human cognitive abilities, mostly relating to creative thinking and problem solving (e.g., see The lab incorporates neuroimaging (fMRI), neuromodulation (tACS), and psychometric tools to examine fundamental cognitive mechanisms (e.g., memory, attention, and cognitive control) involved in creative thinking and related cognitive abilities. This work leverages the University’s broad resources, including a research-dedicated 3T MRI facility and human electrophysiology facility at the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (SLEIC; SLEIC is also equipped with MR-compatible neuromodulation devices for concurrent tACS-fMRI and tDCS-fMRI experiments, as well as an MR-compatible drawing tablet. The Lab Manager will be responsible for: recruiting research participants; collecting, processing, and analyzing behavioral, fMRI, and/or EEG data; aiding in human subject protocols, consent forms, and annual IRB approval; and general lab management duties. The position will also involve overseeing a growing team of undergraduate and graduate students. A Master’s degree and one year of related experience are required. Degrees in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field, plus past experience in labs that conduct fMRI or EEG studies, will be considered a strong plus. Other highly desired skills include experience processing neuroimaging data (e.g., Linux, MATLAB, SPM), programming experimental tasks (e.g., E-prime, PsychoPy), and conducting statistical analysis (e.g., R, Mplus). The successful candidate will have strong computational skills and a willingness to learn additional skills related to data processing and management. The skills learned through this experience will be particularly valuable for individuals who intend to apply to graduate programs in psychology or cognitive neuroscience. To apply, please upload a cover letter of interest, a CV, and a list of 2 or 3 references (along with contact information). Please highlight relevant skills in your cover letter. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with experience. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with the possibility of renewal depending on continued funding and satisfactory performance.

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