Research and Development Engineer (Dynamics and Control Systems 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
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Power and Control Systems
Full/Part Time:


The Undersea Systems Office at The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University is seeking a talented and experienced Dynamics and Control Systems Engineer to design flight control system algorithms and support 6DoF hydrodynamics modeling for autonomous undersea vehicles. Flight control design activities typically include the development, assessment, verification, and documentation of flight control algorithms and control gains via model-based tuning, with empirical validation via in-water test and analysis. Modeling activities typically include the development and documentation of physics-based dynamics models at the component or system level, along with associated test development, execution, and analysis required for model validation. Other responsibilities include: Consistent communication with peers, management, and stakeholders; conform to requirements and standards for each project; proactively seek improvements for algorithms, software, and processes; proactively seek professional development opportunities; share knowledge with team members; and demonstrate and present to peers, management, sponsors, and stakeholders. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, 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 for higher levels) in Aerospace Engineering or Mechanical Engineering is desired. Experience implementing flight control algorithms in C/C++ or Simulink using Simulink Coder as part of a real-time flight control system is preferred. Experience in the following is required: Developing, tuning, verifying, and documenting flight control system algorithms; developing tests and conducting analyses to validate dynamics-based component and system models; and developing models using MATLAB and Simulink. Required personal attributes include: Strong written and oral communication skills; excellent time management skills; polished interpersonal skills; the ability to present ideas, concepts, and instructions in a clear manner; and the ability to work equally well independently or as part of a team. Candidates 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. 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