Student Researcher

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Office of the Director
Applied Research Laboratory - Image Science and GIS


Penn State ARL delivers world-class Data and Geospatial Sciences which provide a decisive advantage to our sponsors and research partners. Anyone who produces or aggregates data needs a suite of algorithms and analytics in order to generate accurate interpretations, increase understanding, and drive important decisions. ARL conducts indispensable research and development in the Data and Geospatial Sciences which helps to shape decisions that impact our world. The Cyber, Data and Image Sciences (CDIS) Division at ARL is conducting Anticipatory Analytics research. This work advances the discovery and modeling of associations, trends, patterns and system dynamics that support the conditional prediction of future events. We develop quantitative and predictive analytic models to capture hidden relationships among events and activities and to measure change and characterize uncertainty. Help us further develop the ability to capture knowledge using dynamically-refined models influenced by recent spatial, temporal, and domain observations so that we can better represent the most current understanding of world events, systems, and discrete entities. Applicants will apply their knowledge of algorithm development and programming to test, optimize, and validate machine learning algorithms and data analytics. Python, R, or MATLAB experience is highly regarded. Experience with Caffe, TensorFlow, OpenCV, Scikit Learn, Pandas, or similar tools is highly regarded. Familiarity with the concepts and intuition behind machine learning, neural networks, and train-test procedures is highly regarded. Applicants will be considered based on a resume, cover letter stating research/educational interests, and a letter of recommendation from faculty in a related subject-matter area (Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Electrical Engineering, IST, Data Science, etc). The successful candidates will work up to 20 hours a week during Spring/Fall semesters and up to 40 hours a week in the Summer. Students in Computer Science, Data Sciences, or Mathematics are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen to apply and may 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