Human Research Technologist (Sensory Coordinator)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – G – Non-exempt
  • 03 – H – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Food Science
Full/Part Time:


The Sensory Evaluation Center (SEC) in the Department of Food Science is seeking a sensory technician to conduct tests for academic research and industrial clients. The work is fast paced, as we test between 200-500 people a week in the facility. Internal clients include graduate students and faculty within the Food Science department and other Departments in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Industrial clients include large multinational corporations as well as smaller food companies within Pennsylvania. Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication (oral and written) skills are essential. Attention to detail and good project management skills are vital requirements, as well as the ability to work within a team environment across multiple levels of experience and seniority. Oversight and guidance are provided by the Director, but the individual will be expected to make routine decisions and allocate resources on a day to day basis without supervisory input. Routine activities include fielding initial inquires for prospective clients (internal and external), producing standardized project proposals for clients, and generating technical reports with results upon completion of projects. This position will require the training and supervision of undergraduate wage payroll employees. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Experience with Compusense or other similar sensory data collection software (FIZZ, SIMS, RedJade) as well as statistical software (R/SAS/SPSS) are desired. Prior knowledge of standard sensory testing methods (preference, liking, difference from control, JAR) and/or food service experience are strongly preferred. Experience with Microsoft Office is required. 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