Post Doctoral Researcher

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Health and Human Development
Recreation, Park and Tourism Management


The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management in the College of Health and Human Development at The Pennsylvania State University seeks a qualified Postdoctoral Researcher in youth development through outdoor experiential learning to work with Dr. Pete Allison, in the Kurt Hahn Consortium for Values and Experiential Learning. The project is in close collaboration with Grand Banks Preparatory School in Canada and will involve regular travel and meetings with various stakeholders. Individuals with research experience in education, youth development, recreation, experiential learning, or longitudinal methods are encouraged to apply. This individual will collaborate with an interdisciplinary team to advance research on long term influences of sailing on youth development. The role will include leading a multi-year research project, managing steering group meetings, reviewing relevant literature at the junctures of the above-mentioned subject areas, development of methodology, metrics, data collection, management and analysis. This is a multi-year project so the individual will need to contribute to a strategic planning process and funding applications and will also help to prepare journal articles, present at academic and professional meetings, and assist with preparation of materials. Substantive expertise in an area of longitudinal studies and database skills are desired. Opportunities exist for first-authored publications and to develop grant writing skills. The candidate will be encouraged to collaborate but also to work toward an independent line of research. This position requires a PhD or equivalent degree in a relevant field. The department seeks a candidate who is self-motivated, detail-oriented, responsible, team-oriented, and creative, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to synthesize literature. The strongest candidates will be highly motivated, capable of independent work with experience in areas that will contribute to progressing the project. International experience is desirable and international applicants are encouraged. Some teaching may be involved. Some international travel is required. 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. We will begin seeking applicants during the summer and fall of 2019, and we anticipate the successful candidate will start in Fall 2019 or early Spring 2020. To be considered, candidates must apply online, and upload a letter of application describing interests, qualifications and relevant experience, a current curriculum vita, and complete contact information (name, current position title, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address) for three professional references. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for two years from date of hire with excellent possibility of renewal. Informal inquiries and questions can be directed to: Dr Pete Allison Information on the department, can be found here: Consider working for The Pennsylvania State University. Located in Centre County, Pennsylvania, employment at Penn State offers an incredible opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the central Pennsylvania outdoors combined with all of the culture, sports, and entertainment a large university community can bring. More information on the area and all of its amenities can be found at:

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