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
  • 03 – N – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Undersea Systems Simulation/USO
Full/Part Time:


The Undersea Systems Office (USO) at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) is looking for motivated and talented engineers to assist current USO leadership in a number of critical roles, including: Application of current modeling and simulation capabilities toward answering emerging Navy undersea system needs; execution of simulation studies, condensing results into a cohesive, actionable message for the sponsoring activity; refinement of current modeling techniques toward improving future capabilities and expanding customer base; development of a modeling paradigm to bridge the gap between legacy approaches to more modern development environments (e.g., Simulink) without compromising accuracy, fidelity, or computational efficiency; expanding component, subsystem, or system-level perspective toward answering family-of-system and/or system interoperability questions; and use in-water data and high-fidelity modeling and simulation to arrive at well-thought tactical strategies for the warfighter. This job will be filled as a level 1, 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 (Professional Engineer license accepted in lieu of Bachelor's degree) or higher, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 1. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in Physics, Acoustics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Computer Science is desired. Experience in the following is preferred: Undersea system physics-based modeling and simulation; system engineering perspective; signal processing and acoustic propagation; and MATLAB/Simulink and C/C++. Candidates selected will be subject to a government security investigation. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply. 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