Research and Development Engineer (Image Scientist)

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
Image Science and GIS
Full/Part Time:


The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State has openings for motivated entry and mid-level engineers in our Image Science and GIS Department. As part of a team, you will execute research and development projects in the areas of Image Science and Geospatial Information Science, to include the development and programming of MATLAB, IDL, or other software for various facets of image analysis or enhancement (akin to computer vision). 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 higher , 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. A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s or PhD degree preferred for higher level positions) in Image Science, Data Science, Mathematics, or Computer Engineering is desired. Preferred experience areas include: Geospatial predictive analytics; multi-dimensional analysis; Matlab; IDL; C; C++; and Java. An understanding of formal trouble shooting processes is also preferred. Required experience areas include: Math/calculus; physics; linear algebra; statistics; and differential equations to support image processing/computer vision algorithm development. Excellent documentation and communication skills, and a willingness to work within a team environment, is necessary. You should be intellectually curious, independent, self-reliant, and enjoy the problem solving process. 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