Research and Development Engineer 5 (Senior Research Engineer)

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
05 – P – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Undersea Systems Office (USO)
Full/Part Time:


The Undersea Systems Office (USO) of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is seeking a Senior Research Engineer to serve as a technical program management subject matter expert with regard to rapid development, rapid prototyping and rapid fielding of undersea systems capability. Working out of the Program Management Office, you will interact daily with a diverse array of USO stakeholders including program managers, systems engineers, design engineers, control account managers, financial staff, scientists and office staff to plan and execute Department of Defense programs. Responsibilities include: providing visionary leadership to help guide the highest priority program efforts and USO technical teams through rapid development, operational prototype planning and execution processes. You will need to utilize executive management skills to lead red team assessments of high priority programs across the lab. Individual will perform executive risk assessments based on detailed knowledge and experience with both successful and failed development efforts, and establish and nurture external relationships that will complement and build on the foundation of support for the USO strategic goals and objections. This individual is critical to the goal of expanding our capability to be agile and responsive to U.S. Navy demand signals and rapidly deliver undersea system capability to the warfighter. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline (Ph.D. preferred) or higher plus fifteen years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Signal Processing, Systems Engineering or Computer Electronics Engineering preferred. A Ph.D. is highly desired. Strong communication skills, both oral and written; excellent interpersonal skills, to include the ability to work effectively with a diverse set of internal and external stakeholders, and excellent organizational skills are required. 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