Part-time Research Support (Lunkenheimer)

Penn State University

Harrisburg Area
Campus City:
Harrisburg, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
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, is accepting applications for a part-time Research Assistant position (20 hours per week) in our Harrisburg, PA office. 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: Recruiting families for the study, online and in person. 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. Entering data and managing datasets in Excel or SPSS, transferring data electronically to the Penn State UP study team. Hours will typically be during the workday, but weekdays 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. It will require travel to families’ homes and may require occasional travel to the Penn State University Park campus to coordinate with the rest of the study team. Prior laboratory research experience and familiarity and comfort with computer software (Excel, SPSS) is preferred. The successful candidate will likely be an undergraduate student or college graduate with at least one year of previous research experience and experience working with children and families. Familiarity with the Harrisburg area and community agencies is also a plus. Interested applicants should upload list of three references with their application materials. 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 15, 2019. Work schedule will be 20 hours per week. Benefits are not 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