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Human Research Technologist


Penn State University
Headquarters: University Park, PA
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The Russell Lab in the Department of Biobehavioral Health is seeking a Human Research Technologist to assist the development, design, and conduct of research projects using ambulatory assessment (including ecological momentary assessments (EMA) and wearable device data) to capture psychosocial and contextual influences of alcohol abuse and related health behaviors. The person in this position will oversee and coordinate all data collection activities (including management of technological research equipment); offer a supporting role in data management, cleaning, analysis, and literature review for manuscripts and grant applications; and manage, schedule, train, and supervise graduate and undergraduate students involved in data collection. 

Additionally, the person in this position will assist with administrative tasks such as preparing IRB applications (including those for new studies, modifications, closing reports, and renewals), and progress reports for grants. This position will have outstanding access to resources, including software, hardware, and opportunities for training to facilitate their professional growth. The salary and benefits associated with this position are competitive. Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Bachelor's degree in the social, behavioral, or health sciences plus additional years of relevant work experience in a research lab working with complex data and/or on research support tasks, or a Master's degree in a related field and relevant experience preferred. Familiarity with statistical software a plus. 

Strong attention to detail required. Excellent organizational and communication skills, as well as the ability to prioritize tasks, are critical for this position. Strong professional references are essential. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to maintain high standards of accuracy, timeliness, and professionalism. Submit an application, including a letter of application indicating relevant experience and a resume including contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Russell (phone: 814-863-0190, email: This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with strong possibility of re-funding.

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