Research and Development Engineer (Computational Fluid Dynamics CFD Engineer)

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – M – Exempt
  • 03 – N – Exempt
  • 04 – O – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Computational Mechanics
Full/Part Time:


The Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics Office of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is seeking CFD Engineers to join the Computational Mechanics Division. You will perform advanced computational fluid dynamics and multi-physics analysis using state-of-the-art in-house and commercial software. You will also be expected to mature and develop business relationships and programs with other ARL offices, industry, and government, and eventually take partial ownership of project portfolios and salary coverage. This job will be filled as a level 2, level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree or PhD is strongly preferred) in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Engineering Science and Mechanics is desired. Specific knowledge/experience with Star-CCM+, Pointwise, and industry standard post-processing tools is highly desired. Additional knowledge of DNS/LES techniques, signatures, rotor-craft, and/or nuclear reactor thermal-hydraulics physics is preferred. Candidates possessing an active Secret or Top Secret security clearance will be given preference. Linux command high-performance scientific computing experience is essential. Strong skills in C++, version control systems, and parallel programming and/or software execution is also essential. Experience in one or more of the following areas is required: Overset grid methods; unstructured and adaptive grid algorithms; multiphase flows; vehicle maneuvering; fluid-structure interaction; ship hydrodynamics; and turbo-machinery. The ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written, and good interpersonal skills are necessary to be successful. 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 $16,104 $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