Wage Distinguished Undergraduate

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Applied Research Laboratory
Sonar Research and Development


The Advanced Synthetic Aperture Imaging Engine (ASASIN) team of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) is seeking to hire a student researcher into the ARL Distinguished Undergraduate Research Program – Under the guidance of an ARL faculty member, students in the program will perform a comprehensive research project and receive training in advanced research methods. The successful candidate will assist with the development of machine learning algorithms for the detection of objects in sonar imagery. The position will support a number of projects on the topic of machine learning for automated target recognition. In particular, our group is interested in development and characterization of these algorithms. Also the successful candidate will gain experience working as part of a multidisciplinary engineering team to solve problems relevant to US Navy autonomous systems. Work experience will include tasks such as working with engineers to develop research requirements, application development, and researching machine learning algorithm performance metrics. The successful candidate must be comfortable working in a team environment and reporting status to supervisors. Job Requirements: Sophomore entering Junior year in the following majors: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering. Student must have strong programming skills and an interest in data analysis and machine learning. Mandatory Requirements: Students will work up to 40 hours per week during the summers after their sophomore and junior years and up to 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters of their junior and senior years. Students will be required to formally present their research at the end of their final semester. This position typically requires a GPA of 3.2 or above. Experience with at least two of the following programming languages required: C++, Java, Python, Lua, MATLAB, PHP. Desirable skills include experience with common machine learning libraries like Keras, tensforflow or theano and web-development standards such as HTML5 and AJAX. You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply. Applicants will 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 $16,584 $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