Research Project Manager 3

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – K – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of Health and Human Development
Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center
Full/Part Time:


The Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC) at Penn State is seeking a Research Project Manager to oversee the implementation of the new Penn State Cohort Study, funded as part of the University’s Strategic Plan initiative. The Cohort Study will assess correlates and consequences of undergraduate students’ substance use and health behaviors, and will integrate data from a daily diary study with biological and administrative data, with the goal of creating a foundational resource for administrators and researchers across the University. This study spans University Park campus and eight commonwealth campuses. This position will oversee additional, smaller mobile health (mHealth) data collection efforts focused on studying substance use behavior and its correlates using novel designs and technology, including daily diary studies, ecological momentary assessments, and wearable devices. This position will provide leadership and support related to study design, recruitment, compliance with the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements, web-based data collection, coordination of the collection of biological samples through the mail, and general financial and administrative oversight of assigned projects. This position will supervise one or more full-time research staff members and several part-time research assistants and will develop and monitor all data collection protocols. This position requires expertise in overseeing complex data collection projects and experience supervising research staff. The PRC is a well-established and highly regarded interdisciplinary research center comprised of faculty members, research support staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. The PRC is devoted to improving the health and well-being of children, youth, families, and communities. The Addiction and Innovative Methods (AIM) Lab, housed within the PRC and directed by Drs. Stephanie Lanza and Ashley Linden-Carmichael, specifically focuses on conducting cutting-edge research to advance knowledge of the systemic problems of substance abuse and to inform the prevention of these risky health behaviors. Work in this lab includes innovative analysis of existing data on substance abuse and the collection of new data to advance our understanding of risk factors and acute consequences of alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, opioid, and other substance use behaviors. The Research Project Manager will manage all aspects of data collection and oversee data management and analysis for research studies in the AIM lab. This position will be supervised by Dr. Lanza (PRC and AIM Lab Director) and work closely with Dr. Linden-Carmichael (PRC and AIM Lab Investigator) and other PRC Investigators as needed to establish efficient and reliable procedures to support the assigned research projects and achieve strategic priorities. This position will be responsible for the following tasks: oversee all daily operations of the lab related to data collection, management, and analysis, including interviewing, hiring, and supervising support staff, delegating tasks, conducting performance evaluations, and providing opportunities for training and professional development; develop, document, implement, and monitor procedures to achieve project work and continuously seek opportunities to improve processes; implement/program survey instruments for data collection (e.g., Qualtrics, REDCap); coordinate recruitment and tracking of participants, including monitoring collection of daily data, maintain updated tracking documents, and trouble-shoot any problems that are encountered; establish technology-based approaches that can facilitate reliable and efficient solutions to the project work (e.g., project management software for task management, automated text message reminders); oversee analysis of study data and the creation of tables and charts that present results to scientific and administrative audiences; track participant payments and other project expenses, reconcile project budgets in a timely manner, and approve operating expenditures to achieve project goals; coordinate lab space usage for assigned research projects; provide support for developing federally funded grant applications; provide support for compliance with federal regulations and University policies on research with human subjects; assure compliance with IRB requirements and assist investigators on matters of human subjects protections; and other tasks as assigned. The Research Project Manager will be expected communicate about project objectives and results to a variety of audiences (e.g., PRC colleagues, University Investigators and administrators, communications experts throughout Penn State) through written and oral summaries. This position also will communicate regularly with points of contact for data collection at several Penn State Commonwealth campuses. Occasional travel to participating Commonwealth campuses is required. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Evidence of understanding complex data collection procedures is required, and the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities with high attention to detail is essential. The successful candidate will have experience supervising full-time staff members; outstanding organizational and managerial skills; strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally with leadership, faculty, staff, and external partners; a demonstrated ability to lead a team to achieve strategic project goals; and a proactive approach to work that includes continually seeking ways to improve internal operating procedures. 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