Research Faculty (Flow Acoustics Engineer)

University Park Campus
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Date Closing:
open until filled
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Applied Research Laboratory
Flow Acoustics


The Flow Acoustics Department, located in the Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics Office of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University is seeking a researcher to perform modeling and measurement research in the area of flow induced structural acoustics for a wide range of possible applications, including marine vehicles, aviation, and renewable and non-renewable energy production. Responsibilities include: Using advanced instrumentation, prepare and conduct experiments at ARL as well as various off-site government testing facilities; identify and perform appropriate numerical and analytical modeling; write and submit proposals for funded research; cultivate relationships with existing and potential government and industry sponsors; collaborate with other research and academic faculty at Penn State; and document research activities in technical reports and peer reviewed publications. Faculty rank will be commensurate with education level and experience. Minimum requirements include a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or Acoustics plus three years of related work experience. The following is preferred: Knowledge of vibration measurements, modal analysis techniques, finite element, and boundary element analysis; familiarity with data acquisition systems and data acquisition system development; proficiency in programming within the MATLAB environment and in a compiled language such as C/C++ or FORTRAN; and familiarity with government research programs and the proposal submission process. Expertise in flow excitation mechanisms, such as gust response and turbulent boundary layer excitation, and the relation of these forces to vibration and radiated sound, is required. Good written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work independently and meet project schedule requirements, and the ability to work effectively in a team environment is necessary to be successful in this position. Occasional domestic and international travel will be required to support testing. 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