Research and Development Engineer (Engineer Multiple Disciplines)

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
Undersea Systems Office
Full/Part Time:


The Undersea Systems Office (USO) has openings for motivated entry and mid-level Engineers to team with mentors and work on complex system-of-systems concepts and development of prototypes to demonstrate concepts. Multiple engineering and science disciplines are needed. You will be assigned, individually or as part of a team, responsibilities in one or more of the following areas: signal processing; data fusion; tracking and guidance; transducer design; mechanical design; electrical design; software engineering; modeling physical systems; system simulation; testing of systems and subsystems, either in a virtual sense, in the laboratory, or in the field; post-run analysis and design refinement; design trade-offs; and concept of operations analysis. 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 an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 1. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Knowledge of one or more of the following areas is preferred: acoustics; digital design; LabVIEW; and real-time software programming. Required experience areas include some combination of: familiarity with signal processing; competency in writing software (C, C++, Ada, or Fortran) for engineering applications; familiarity with MATLAB/Simulink; and proficiency in Microsoft Office tools. Excellent written and oral communication skills, a demonstrated accountability, and good time management is necessary. A willingness to work within a team environment is also necessary. Some domestic travel may be required. Candidates 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. These are one-year, fixed-term renewable appointments.

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