Human Research Technologist 2 (Lab Manager)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
02 – G – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
College of the Liberal Arts
Full/Part Time:


The Cognitive Neuroscience of Creativity Lab at The Pennsylvania State University, led by Dr. Roger Beaty, is hiring a full-time Lab Manager. The start date is flexible, but the position will ideally be filled by March 1, 2020. The Lab Manager will have the opportunity to work on a range of behavioral and brain imaging experiments of human cognitive abilities, mostly relating to creative thinking and problem solving (e.g., see The lab incorporates neuroimaging (fMRI), neuromodulation (tACS), and psychometric tools to examine fundamental cognitive mechanisms (e.g., memory, attention, and cognitive control) involved in creative thinking and related cognitive abilities. This work leverages the University’s broad resources, including a research-dedicated 3T MRI facility and human electrophysiology facility at the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (SLEIC; SLEIC is also equipped with MR-compatible neuromodulation devices for concurrent tACS-fMRI and tDCS-fMRI experiments, as well as an MR-compatible drawing tablet. The Lab Manager will be responsible for: recruiting research participants; collecting, processing, and analyzing behavioral, fMRI, and/or EEG data; aiding in human subject protocols, consent forms, and annual IRB approval; and general lab management duties. The position will also involve overseeing a growing team of undergraduate and graduate students. Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Bachelor’s degree and one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred. Degrees in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field, plus past experience in labs that conduct fMRI or EEG studies, will be considered a strong plus. Other highly desired skills include experience processing neuroimaging data (e.g., Linux, MATLAB, SPM), programming experimental tasks (e.g., E-prime, PsychoPy), and conducting statistical analysis (e.g., R, Mplus). The successful candidate will have strong computational skills and a willingness to learn additional skills related to data processing and management. The skills learned through this experience will be particularly valuable for individuals who intend to apply to graduate programs in psychology or cognitive neuroscience. 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. To apply, please upload a cover letter of interest, a CV, and a list of 2 or 3 references (along with contact information). Please highlight relevant skills in your cover letter. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 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 the 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