Research and Development Engineer

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 01 – L – Exempt
  • 02 – M – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Advanced Coatings
Full/Part Time:


Applications are being accepted for a highly motivated engineer to assist with various activities which may include material synthesis, processing, characterization, device fabrication, and process simulation for fabrication and development of advanced coatings, materials and material systems for a broad range of programs involving electron beam physical vapor deposition, sputtering, chemical vapor deposition, physical vapor deposition, hot pressing, plating, and microelectronics fabrication. Potential material systems include ceramic, metallic, semiconductors, and/or mixed combination for corrosion resistance, wear resistance, erosion resistance, thermal protection, or optical performance. This position may also be responsible for developing finite element models, set up and monitor experimental designs, and compile and analyze data for a wide range of materials and coatings comprised of nanocomposite, nanolayered, multilayered, functionally graded, and multifunctional material systems for property enhancement and performance for a variety of applications in the aerospace, defense, tooling, biomedical, nuclear, microelectronic, and optical industries. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Ceramic Science and Engineering, or Metals Science and Engineering or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Experience in process development, design of experiments, and materials processing is preferred. The successful candidate will have a working knowledge on a wide range of coating deposition processes as well as materials characterization techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), optical microscopy (OM), tribology, x-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), optical profilometry, and failure analysis. Candidate selected may be subject to a government security investigation. YOU MUST BE A U.S. CITIZEN TO APPLY. This is a one-year, fixed-term renewable appointment.

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