Research and Development Engineer (Mechanical Engineer)

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
Embedded Monitoring and Control Systems
Full/Part Time:


The Materials and Manufacturing Office of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State has an opening in the Embedded Monitoring and Control Systems Department for an entry to mid-level mechanical engineer. Responsibilities include: Support the design and development of mechanical and electrical systems; participate in the fabrication, installation, and testing of electrical and mechanical systems, including the collection of acoustic and vibration data; design packaging and enclosures for electrical components and oversee fabrication with machine shops, third party rapid prototyping vendors, or 3-D printing facilities; and design parts, fixtures, and enclosures for fabrication using additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping processes, such as low volume plastic injection molding. 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 in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Industrial Engineering is desired. The following are preferred: Proficient understanding of 3-D modeling software, such as Solidworks, Inventor, or Siemens NX; experience packaging and documenting embedded hardware; experience in additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping processes, such as low volume plastic injection molding; and a basic understanding of electronics, connectors, and wire harness development. Candidate 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. 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