Computational Scientist

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Computational Methods Development/FDAO


The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a Computational Scientist for our Computational Methods Development Department, located in the Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics Office. Responsibilities include: Perform physics-based code development, verification, and validation in new and existing business areas, including overset grid methods, unstructured and adaptive grid algorithms, multiphase flows, vehicle maneuvering, fluid-structure interaction, ship hydrodynamics, and turbo-machinery; mature and develop business relationships and programs with other ARL offices, industry, and government; pursue new relationships with academic departments on campus; and work towards promotion in the faculty ranks. Faculty rank will be commensurate with education level and experience. Minimum requirements include a PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Science and Mechanics, Applied Mathematics, Applied Mechanics, or another related field. You must have strong skills in C++, version control systems, and parallel programming, and you will be expected to contribute substantially to the development of state-of-the-art DES/LES and fluid-structure interaction codes. Additional knowledge of the commercial codes, especially StarCCM+ is highly desirable, as is familiarity with Pointwise and post-processing tools. Command line Linux high performance computing experience is essential. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. Candidate 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