Human Research Technologist 2

Penn State University

Harrisburg Area
Campus City:
Harrisburg, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
02 – G – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
College of the Liberal Arts
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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 Human Research Technologist 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. Data Collection: conducting 2-2.5 hour data collection sessions with families, in the lab or home, including conducting interviews, administering questionnaires, collecting biological data (e.g., applying electrodes to skin, collecting saliva samples), and completing experimental tasks with families and children according to study protocols. Data Management: entering data and managing datasets in Excel or SPSS, transferring data electronically to the Penn State UP study team. Financial Tracking: making purchases, requesting petty cash, settling receipts. Administrative Duties: coordinating and reserving conference rooms and meetings, working with IT to resolve tech issues, assisting the PI in recruiting or hiring new staff as needed, completing ethics compliance training and tracking others’ completion. Hours will typically be during the workday, but weekends and evenings are also required as needed to accommodate families’ schedules and recruitment events. This position is located in Harrisburg, PA at our Parents and Children Together (PACT) research office. 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. Familiarity and comfort with computer software (Excel, SPSS) is preferred. Experience working with children and families and familiarity with the Harrisburg area and community agencies is also a plus. It will require travel to families’ homes, as well as occasional travel to the Penn State University Park campus to coordinate with the rest of the study team. 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. 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. Expected start date is November 2019. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding. 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