Undergraduate Research Assistant

Penn State University

Penn State Lehigh Valley
Campus City:
Center Valley, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Penn State Lehigh Valley
Physics Department


The Interactions, Dynamics, and Energetics in the Atmosphere (IDEA) team (https://sites.psu.edu/idea/) is looking for an undergraduate research assistant to conduct research under the mentorship of the Principal Investigator, professor Tai-Yin Huang at Penn State Lehigh Valley. The team aims to study gravity wave-airglow interactions, dynamics, and energetics in the upper atmosphere using numerical simulations and airglow ground-based, meteor radar, and spaceborne observations. The student will be involved in a research project funded by the National Science Foundation. The main tasks are that the student will process and analyze data output from numerical simulations and observations using software like Mathlab or Python, will do literature search, prepare presentations in oral or poster format, and produce “Science Talks” videos. The student will also interact with the rest of the team members on a regular basis. Minimum requirements: The student should have taken PHYS 211 and 212 courses receiving a B or above and is currently enrolled at Penn State. Interested in the research project is a must. Familiar with MathLab or Python is required. Knowing other relevant programming language or software is a plus. The student will work up to 5 hours per week during the semester and 10 hours per week during the summer. The initial appointment is for one semester. Continuing appointment will depend on mutual interests and funding availability.

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