Walker Graduate Assistant

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Mechanical Systems and Design


The Mechanical Systems and Design of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) is seeking a PhD student into the Walker Graduate Assistantship program. The Walker Graduate Assistantship is administered by ARL and is awarded to exemplary students pursing Master of Science (MS) and/or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in an engineering or engineering-related academic program. This assistantship provides full tuition and fees as well as a monthly stipend for graduate students admitted into the program. The successful candidate will perform a comprehensive study of advanced ceramic materials and their implementation in UUVs will be conducted. Particular issues that must be address are: Design of robust joint structures constructed from ceramic-ceramic or metal-ceramic materials; developing design or material options to prevent tensile failure either static or shock loading; and ensuring the durability of the outer structure due to handling and wear. To achieve all of these goals will require a combination of computational mechanics, material science, and experimental mechanics. Students must have a BS in Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, or Materials Science, and will work up to 20 hours per week. Candidates must be accepted into the Penn State Graduate School. Successful candidates typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or above during their junior and senior years. You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply. Applicant selected may be subject to a government security investigation. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088