Distinguished Undergraduate Research Assistant

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Office of the Director
Applied Research Laboratory


The Systems Modeling and Analysis department of the Applied Research Lab (ARL) is seeking a student researcher for entry into the ARL Distinguished Undergraduate Research Program to assist in underwater acoustic modeling and analysis. Under the guidance of an ARL faculty member, you will develop advanced underwater acoustic models which are needed for modeling and simulation activities. This includes the development and use of MATLAB tools to load measured data, fit the data into mathematical models, then make iterative improvements of those models, and finally, produce reports of the model development results. Further work could involve running simulations, producing plots and graphics of the results, and helping to present those results to sponsors. This project may involve travel to US Navy facilities and/or working aboard Navy ships. Mandatory Position Description Requirements: The successful candidate will work up to 40 hours per week during the summers after their sophomore and junior years and up to 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters of their junior and senior years. Students completing their sophomore year in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, or Electrical Engineering with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 are encouraged to apply. Job Requirements: As part of the ARL Distinguished Undergraduate Research Program, you will be required to formally present your research at the end of your final semester. The selected candidate will be subject to a government security investigation. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.

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