Research and Development Engineer

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – M – Exempt
  • 03 – N – Exempt
  • 04 – O – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Transducer and Array Technology
Full/Part Time:


The Undersea Systems Office at The Applied Research Laboratory is seeking experienced Transducer and Array/Mechanical Design Engineers to analyze and design SONAR transducers/arrays and mechanical packing of SONAR systems. In addition the engineers will oversee both fabrication and testing of sonar transducers and arrays. You will also use your knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and acoustical properties of sonar transducer active and passive materials to develop innovative sonar transducer and array designs. This job will be filled as a level 2, level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Physics/Materials is desired. Experience in one or more of the following is preferred: Sonar array/transducer design and fabrication; SONAR system packaging; Finite Element Analysis (FEA); electromechanical transducer/array construction; data analysis; characterization/testing of electromechanical devices; MATLAB, Excel, PowerPoint, and mechanical CAD packages; project management, to include schedule and budget development; and technical team supervision. A knowledge of transducer fabrication methodology for the development of transducer and array fabrication procedures and tooling, as well as acoustic transducer design and test experience, is required. Applicants will be subject to a government security investigation. U.S. citizenship is required. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. These are one-year, fixed-term renewable appointments.

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