Food Science Research Assistant

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Food Science Department
Full/Part Time:


The College of Agricultural Sciences Department of Food Science is seeking to hire students and non-students for the spring and summer 2020 semesters. Duties to include: conduct organized research in the area of food chemistry/food microbiology including: perform independent literature searches and prepare summaries of topics pertinent to ongoing and future research; prepare summaries of research projects conducted in the laboratory; conduct research under the direction of the Principal Investigator (PI) leading to peer reviewed publication; assist PI with grant preparation; perform analytical procedures and protocols as directed; collect and analyze data from ongoing research projects; supervise undergraduate and graduate student researchers in the lab. Laboratory management duties will include: Train new students in administrative procedures used in the laboratory; maintain inventory and order research supplies and materials as needed; assure that purchasing card transactions are reconciled in a timely manner; maintain files (electronic) of protocols (assure students provide appropriately formatted and referenced protocols as they are developed) for the laboratory. Some positions may require a valid driver’s license in which a successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. Applications will be received on an ongoing basis and will be reviewed as the need arises.

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