Research and Development Engineer (Mechanical Engineer)

Penn State University

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 $16,584 $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