Navigation, Estimation, and Controls Co-Op

Penn State University

Warminster, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Applied Research Laboratory
Navigation Research and Development Center


The mission of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) is to serve as a center of research excellence in undersea science and technology. In fulfillment of this mission, ARL: Conducts basic and applied research, exploratory development, and advanced development in support of the Navy`s undersea technology base and related mission areas; contributes to the educational objectives, research goals, and scholarly reputation of Penn State; and promotes the transfer of advanced technology, technology extension, and training to the governmental and industrial sectors. As a Navigation, Estimation, and Controls co-op you will conduct research and development of navigation algorithms. This position is ideal for those with interests in modeling dynamic systems, optimal filtering and state estimation, and control systems. You will be paired with an experienced engineer to focus on one of the active research projects being conducted at the NRDC. These projects fall in the areas of state estimation for navigation, modeling and simulation of sea vessels, modeling and simulation of geophysical systems, and robotics and autonomous systems. Co-ops will build skills in simulation/analysis with MATLAB, programming in C#/C++/Python, working in Linux, filter design and analysis, simulating physical systems, and implementing control algorithms. Undergraduate and Graduate students with the following majors are preferred: Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, and Mathematics. You will be subject to a government security investigation and you must be a U.S. citizen to apply. These positions are located at ARL’s Navigation Research and Development Center in Warminster, PA. These positions will not include relocation and housing will not be provided. Students must be available to work at the Warminster facility for a six month time period. Multiple vacancies are available. For more information on the Navigation Research and Development Center (NRDC) in Warminster, PA, visit our website:

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