Computational Scientist

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
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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 $16,104 $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