Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – K – Exempt
  • 04 – L – Exempt
Work Unit:
Office of the Vice President for Research
Materials Research Institute
Full/Part Time:


The Materials Research Institute is looking for a highly motivated Programmer Analyst that will support programming, database activities and research data administration functions for the Materials Research Institute. This position will work with the staff and faculty to provide support for the management of information across a variety of tool sets. This will include developing/modifying and deploying department, VPR, and university level solutions using a variety of software packages and database tools to implement integrations, solve problems and provide reporting. The position will also be responsible for data curation, integrity and security solutions in compliance with grant requirements. The programmer analyst will maintain up to date skills through the use of online resources such as Linked in Learning and other web resources, by participating in conferences as appropriate, and by leveraging local user groups and domain experts where such exist. They will be responsible for maintaining lifelong learning appropriate to the IT/Computation job world. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Current programming knowledge and database expertise is preferred to include: Python, Java .NET, Power Apps, Drupal, SQL, and Postgres. Knowledge of data management and best practices for research data, curation, integrity and security are useful. Experience with containers (singularity and docker) is a plus. Knowledge of and integration with existing university IT systems is tremendously important. Project management, team engagement and interpersonal skills are necessary. 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