Research and Development Engineer (Embedded Hardware/Software Engineer)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – N – Exempt
  • 04 – O – 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 experienced Embedded Hardware/Software Engineer. The embedded designs span many disciplines including sensing, acoustics, signal processing, power electronics, communications, and networking. Responsibilities include coordinating the development of various embedded system projects in the areas of sensing, robotics and power electronics, and active participation in the specification, architecture, and execution of the embedded designs. This job will be filled as a 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 (Master's degree preferred) or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering is desired. The following experience areas are preferred: Embedded software design using C in both a RTOS and bare metal environment; GCC/Eclipse based toolchains; Linux; DSP algorithm implementations on deeply embedded platforms; FPGA development, including test and verification; version control systems, such a git and subversion; schematic entry and PCB layout using Altium Designer; high layer count design employing BGA components, stackups for high speed signals, and transmission lines; ECAD/MCAD co-design with Solidworks; ARM Cortex M 32-bit microcontrollers; common MCU IO: SPI, I2S, USB, and Ethernet; knowledge of TCP/IP networking principles and embedded stacks; mixed signal design: analog to digital converters, analog front end design; data analysis with MATLAB; LabVIEW for data acquisition and test; power electronics, design of DC-DC converters, AC motor drives, and control algorithms; Windows application development using C and C#; and sensors, such as MEMs accelerometers, piezoelectric sensing, MEMs microphones, etc. 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