Human Research Technologist (Research Coordinator)
Penn State University
The Penn State Children’s Eating Behavior Laboratory seeks a Research Study Coordinator who will perform the day-to-day project management of a large clinical research study with children. The “Food and Brain Study” is a longitudinal research trial focused on understanding how children make decisions about how much to eat and how this relates to body weight. This position will be involved in all aspects of research and will be responsible for delivering training to new research assistants on study protocols, maintaining training records of research assistants, working with our Kitchen Manager to make sure all staff members have adequate certifications, recruiting and screening new participants, managing and updating our recruitment database, identifying new recruitment opportunities, and maintaining accurate study databases. This job will be filled as a level 2, or a level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Bachelor's degree is preferred. Basic knowledge of Qualtrics, Microsoft Access and SPSS is also preferred, but not required. Prior experience with or interest in learning about psychology, nutrition, clinical science, and/or human development and family studies, would be preferred, as well as experience working with children and experience working in a clinical research environment. The successful candidate will need strong organizational and communication skills, be reliable and punctual, organized, flexible, detail-oriented, and work well with others as a team. This position requires the following clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check. Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.
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