Human Research Technologist 2

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
02 – G – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
College of the Liberal Arts
Full/Part Time:


The Parent, Regulation, Engagement, Stress, and Health (PRESH) project, directed by Dr. Erika Lunkenheimer at The Pennsylvania State University, College of the Liberal Arts, is accepting applications for a Project Coordinator position. The PRESH project involves studying parents’ experience of being parented in childhood, their mental health, their beliefs about parenting, parenting stress, and parents’ self-regulation. We are interested in how these factors influence parent-child interaction patterns and parents’ disciplinary practices. This study aims to discover which factors should be prioritized when attempting to better support parents and reduce parenting stress and harsh discipline through intervention. Major job duties include: Project Coordination: tracking project goals, working with the PI to come up with timelines and schedules, recruiting families online and in person, tracking recruitment and enrollment, organizing paperwork and participants’ private information, supervising team members and assigning tasks according to project goals, and assisting team members with data collection as needed. Data Management: creating and managing datasets in SPSS, which include interview, survey, and biological data, data coding, supervising undergraduate Research Assistants (RAs), preparing data for submission to the NIH. Financial Tracking: making purchases, requesting petty cash, settling receipts. Administrative Duties: coordinating conference rooms and meetings, working with Information Technology (IT) to resolve tech issues and changes, maintaining IRB compliance, hiring new staff, recruiting volunteer RAs, completing ethics compliance training and tracking others’ completion. Hours usually fall within normal business hours, but weekend and evening availability is required as needed to accommodate families’ schedules. This position is on the University Park campus, but requires occasional travel to Harrisburg, PA (company vehicle provided). The position will require the candidate to supervise other staff. In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity. Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field and prior laboratory research experience is preferred. Knowledge of SPSS and Excel is also preferred. Experience working with children and families is also a plus. Interested applicants should upload list of three references with their application materials. 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 inclusion 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 inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver’s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. Expected start date is November 2019. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of renewal. This is a 75% full-time equivalency (FTE) job. Work schedule will be 30 hours per week; 12 months of the year. Full Penn State benefits are included.

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