Assistant Research Professor

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of the Liberal Arts
School of Public Policy


The School of Public Policy at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for an Assistant Research Professor in Public Policy. The start date for the position is August 2020. Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in public policy, economics, or political science by August 2020. The initial appointment will be for three years with the possibility of renewal. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated ability for conducting high-quality research and teaching experience in economics, statistics, or policy analysis. Strong quantitative analysis skills, mathematical modeling, experience working with large datasets and Python programming, and fluent English language skills are required, and fluency in other languages, such as French, German, Italian, or Portuguese, or Spanish is desirable. Responsibilities include collaborating on research with Professor Anthony Bertelli, the Sherwin Whitmore Chair of Liberal Arts, teaching public policy courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and pursuing one’s own research agenda. In addition, successful candidates must either have a demonstrated commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity. Interested candidates must submit an online application at, and should upload the following application materials electronically (pdf): letter of interest, CV, and one recent writing sample. Candidates should arrange to have three recommendation letters sent to Francine Hamilton, Administrative Support Coordinator for Public Policy at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information about the position, please contact Lilliard Richardson, the Director of the School of Public Policy at 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.

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