Communication Support

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Office of the Vice President for Research
Materials Research Institute
Full/Part Time:


The Materials Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University seeks outstanding applicants for activities focusing on developing closed captioning text to accompany monthly webinars or training videos. This position is part of the National Science Foundation, Materials Innovation Platform (MIP) at Penn State – the 2D Crystal Consortium (2DCC) – a national facility focused on the development of 2D films and crystals for applications in next-generation electronics. The goal of the platform is to provide individuals from colleges and universities, federal laboratories and industry with the equipment infrastructure, simulation tools, and human capital to conceive, research, and develop the next generation of materials systems to maintain the United States’ pre-eminence in electronic material, device, and component technology. Additional information on the 2DCC-MIP is available at The incumbent will assist the Operations and User Facilities Director and the Director of Education, Outreach and Diversity Programs to transcribe the audio of webinars into text and assimilate the text into captioning for the monthly sessions. Key responsibilities include: Assisting during the webinars to ensure an uninterrupted and successful recording as well as technological engagement of the remote and onsite audiences. Transcribing the audio file recordings of the webinars into text. Using the YouTube mechanism to assimilate the text into closed captioning. If time permits, the same process for transcribing the audio file recordings of the webinars into text and using the YouTube mechanism to assimilate the text into closed captioning for instrument training videos that will be developed for the 2DCC. Sophomore, junior or senior level undergraduate students are preferred. Candidates with a background in materials science, engineering, computer science or a related discipline are preferred. Successful candidates should have demonstrated proficiency in typing, strong communication skills and collaboration in a team environment. Familiarity with YouTube functionality and sharing platforms such as Adobe Connect or Zoom is a plus.

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