Wage Undergrad

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Autonomy, Perception, and cognition


The Autonomous Control and Intelligent Systems Division of the Applied Research Laboratory is continuing a project sponsored by the Office of Naval Research’s Swampworks Division to explore role-based cognitive autonomy for advanced autonomous robots. The project involves modeling human decision makers in a rule-based cognitive architecture (Soar) and embedding these roles in ROS-based (Robot Operating System) ground, underwater, and air robots. Mandatory Position Description Requirements: We are looking for several highly motivated students in Computer Science Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Math, or closely related majors. C++ programming skills are required. The following is preferred: Experience in Soar, ACT-R, machine learning, computational vision, GPU, FPGA, ROS, JavaScript, python, robotics or Deep Belief Networks; familiarity with Unreal or Unity game engines and Linux/Ubuntu; and the ability to address basic-science problems in highly demanding real-world environments. Successful candidates will be expected and encouraged to publish their research, and it is intended for theses to address project-related challenges. The selected candidates will work up to 20 hours per week during the Fall/Spring semesters and up to 40 hours per week during the Summer. Job Requirements: Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen to apply and may 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