Human Research Technologist 1 (Research Assistant)

Penn State University

Harrisburg Area
Campus City:
Harrisburg, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
01 – E – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
College of the Liberal Arts
Full/Part Time:


The Emotion Development Lab at The Pennsylvania State University, headed by Dr. Kristin Buss, and The Cognition, Affect, and Temperament Laboratory at Penn State University, headed by Dr. Koraly Pérez-Edgar, seek a full-time Research Assistant (, Start date is flexible; however, we wish to have the position filled before January 30, 2020. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a 5-year NIMH-funded studies investigating the developmental trajectories of early temperament and attention in infancy. In doing so, the lab incorporates a number of techniques, including electrophysiology (EEG & ERP), psychophysiology (RSA), eye-tracking, direct behavioral observation, and questionnaires. This work will take advantage of the University’s broad resources, including the Child Study Center ( and the PACT Center in Harrisburg ( ). The successful candidate will be responsible for: Recruiting and maintaining contact with infants and their families; Collecting, processing, and analyzing behavioral, psychophysiological, and/or electrophysiology data; Aiding in human subject protocols, consent forms, and annual IRB approval, and community engagement; General lab management duties. The position will also involve overseeing a large and dynamic team of undergraduate and graduate students. Study 1 involves three data collection sites (Site 1: Penn State University Park, PA; Site 2: Penn State, PACT Center in Harrisburg, PA; Site 3 Rutgers University in NJ). The person in this position will be responsible for co-managing the Harrisburg, PA site and coordinating with Principal Investigators, staff, and students at all sites to maintain data fidelity and integrity across locations. Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field plus past experience in labs that conduct psychophysiology, and/or eye-tracking studies will be considered a strong plus. Research experience with children is highly desirable, as is experience with community-engagement. Experience processing neuroimaging data using relevant software programs (e.g., AFNI, MATLAB, SPM, FSL), programming experimental tasks (e.g., using E-prime, Presentation), statistical analysis (SPSS, SAS) is also highly desired. The successful candidate will have strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and willingness to learn and develop additional computer skills related to data management and preparation of data for analysis. The skills learned through this experience will be useful for individuals who intend to go to graduate school in psychology, neuroscience, or human development. Please highlight relevant skills in your cover letter. To apply, please upload a cover letter of interest, a CV, and a list of 2 or 3 references (and their contact information). Review of the applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with experience. 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. 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 is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with 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