Neuroscience/Metabolic Physiology Research Technician

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
01 – E – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
College of Health and Human Development
Nutritional Sciences
Full/Part Time:


The Laboratory of Karolina Skibicka in the College of Health and Human Development, Department of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State is seeking applications for a new position as a Research Technologist. The lab studies the bidirectional interaction of nutrition and the brain; with the main goal of understanding how ingestive behavior shapes neural circuitry and behavior using behavioral neuroscience, metabolic physiology, and molecular biology approaches. The primary duties will involve conducting experiments and supporting lab operations, animal behavioral training on motivated and emotionality behavior paradigms, collecting and analyzing behavioral, photometry, and in situ hybridization or immunohistochemistry data (learning how to operate a confocal microscope will be required here); ordering lab supplies; assisting with regulatory compliance; and participating in scientific discussions about experimental design, analysis, and interpretation of results. The successful candidate be motivated to learn new techniques and will have excellent hands-on skills necessary for various surgical and analytical procedures. They will be expected to support the training and experiments of other lab members with various research projects (e.g., stereotaxic brain surgery, optogenetics and photometry-based experiments, collecting and analyzing animal behavior data, statistical analysis). Work Schedule: variable between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday; occasional weekend and holiday hours. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Bachelor's degree in neuroscience, nutrition, psychology or a related field is strongly preferred. Experience with animal research, any of the methods mentioned above, or computer-based statistical and graphical programs, are desirable. Applicants should have strong organizational and interpersonal skills, the ability to problem solve and work independently, and research experience. More senior candidates (e.g. Ph.D. graduates), especially those considering long-term careers as laboratory managers/technicians, are also welcome to apply if they fulfill the above qualifications. The position is available September 2019 and will remain open until filled 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