Penn State University

Research Data Management Specialist 2

Nov 08, 2023

Penn State University Park



The Center for Safe and Healthy Children housed within the College of Health and Human Development is seeking a Research Data Management Specialist to advance its mission of research and education in the area of child maltreatment. 

The Research Data Management Specialist will manage multiple datasets and corresponding documentation, visualize data, work closely with the research team to prepare custom datasets and work with the research team to evaluate and implement data collection platforms. 

This position is also responsible for ensuring the security and confidentiality of all data (with support from the College IT personnel), maintaining codebooks and data summary sheets, and preparing data for analysis upon request. The Data Management Specialist will also provide training to research staff on data entry, manage data quality procedures, complete data verification and validation, as well as evaluate data management systems for quality improvement and efficiency. In addition, the data management specialist may conduct advanced statistical analyses of large longitudinal datasets, including, among others, using data derived from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, psychosocial surveys, and immunologic and genetic data derived from biological samples.

Ideal candidates should be skilled in data management/processing (e.g., automation, mining, wrangling, scraping, and warehousing) have familiarity with probabilistic and deterministic matching, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to interface and communicate with other analysts, managers/coordinators, and researchers to extract and transform data from a variety of sources. Experience using statistical methods is desired. Experience with different programming languages (e.g., Python, SQL, R) and statistical software (e.g., R, MPLUS, SAS, SPSS) is essential. Experience using data management and recruitment software (e.g., REDCap, & Microsoft Access) is necessary.

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Education and Experience:

Typically requires at least a Bachelor’s Degree plus two years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A B.S. in information science, statistics, or social, behavioral, or health sciences with proven analytic skills, and relevant work experience with complex data and databases and/or research support, or a Master’s degree in a related field and database management experience (e.g., statistics data science, computer science) is strongly preferred. Excellent organizational and communication skills, as well as the ability to prioritize tasks, are critical for this position. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to maintain high standards of accuracy, timeliness, and professionalism. 

This is a limited-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire with an excellent possibility of re-funding. 

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, applicants should include a cover letter and resume with their application.

Additional Information:

The location of this position is flexible and can operate fully remotely within the United States, fully in-person at the University Park campus, or in a hybrid model of both in-person and remote. Standard working hours are in the Eastern time zone.  

This position requires the following clearances:

PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check.


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