Director, Survey Research Center

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 03, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director, Survey Research Center

The Pennsylvania State University seeks applications for Director of the Survey Research Center (SRC; Located within Penn State's Social Science Research Institute (SSRI;, one of Penn State's cross-university research institutes in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research, the SRC provides state-of-the-art and cost-effective data collection services to Penn State researchers and serves as a catalyst for innovative human subjects research and excellence in the social and behavioral sciences. The SRC provides consultation and services in areas of survey design, sampling, and data collection (including mail, face-to-face interviews, web surveys, focus groups and devices for real time data capture), and data management and analysis.

Nearly all of the projects in the SRC are conducted for Penn State investigators. While in operation since 2002, over the past 3 years, the SRC has worked with approximately 200 researchers representing 40-50 academic colleges, campuses, and external organizations.

The Director's primary responsibility is to direct and oversee all aspects of the SRC, including the development, delivery, and management of state-of-the-art human subjects data collection and scholarly contributions to social and behavioral science research and methods. They will work with faculty teams on project development and design, including providing expert advice on research design and methods.

The Director has fiduciary responsibility for the SRC's budget and ultimate management responsibility for 7 full time and over 40 part time employees. They report to the Director of the SSRI and coordinate the SRC's activities with other SSRI units, including those that provide administrative and computing services.

We seek a Director with a Doctoral degree in the social and behavioral sciences, statistics, epidemiology, or related fields that encompass human subjects research methods. The successful applicant will have expertise in directing and coordinating large scale human subjects research, including experience in developing and managing research grant budgets and in human subjects research ethics and regulatory knowledge, a record of peer-reviewed publications and a record of securing external funding as a PI or in a collaborative role. We will prioritize candidates who have experience supervising and/or collaborating with research team members from diverse backgrounds and engaging in research involving diverse populations.

Review of applications will begin on June 10, 2021, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce. To apply, applicants must complete an online application that includes a cover letter describing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, names of three references and supporting materials (reprints, preprints, statement of research interests).

Please direct questions to the search coordinator, Tracy Scala - , Social Science Research Institute. Please include SRC Director Search in the subject line.

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