Computational Mechanics Division Head

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
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Level/Salary Band:
  • 04 – O – Exempt
  • 05 – P – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Computational Mechanics Division Head
Full/Part Time:


The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is seeking a Computational Mechanics Division Head (CMD) for the Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics Office. The CM Division Head will lead a group of fifteen software development and application engineers and research faculty in meeting the CMD mission of bringing state-of-the-technology tools, talent, and High Performance Computing (HPC) to our DoD and industrial sponsors. The Division Head, along with immediate reports, will develop and mature business relationships and programs with other ARL offices, industry, and government. Responsibilities within the Division include: Perform design and performance support analyses, using in-house and commercial CFD tools, for a broad range of applications, including undersea vehicles and propulsion, coupled hydrodynamics/hydroacoustics, low-speed and high speed aerodynamics, biomedical devices, and complex multi-physics systems in general; code development, V&V, and applications in evolving and new research/business areas, including multiphase flows, overset/unstructured/adaptive algorithms, vehicle maneuvering, turbomachinery, DNS/LES, fluid-structure/fluid-acoustic interactions, drag reduction, signatures, rotorcraft aero-thermodynamics, and code optimization for modern HPC systems; and provide organizational leadership to the CM Division, to include personnel management, recruitment, development, and retention of CM employees. This job will be filled as a level 4, or level 5, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline or higher plus ten years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 4. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Master’s degree (PhD preferred) in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Science and Mechanics, or another computational mechanics related discipline is highly desired. Possession of an active Top Secret clearance is highly desired. Experience as a Principal Investigator in this field is required. Previous success managing people is needed; with at least two years of supervisory experience. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, are critical. This position requires travel for sponsor interactions, to represent ongoing programs, and to develop new research initiatives. As part of the selection process, final round candidates may be asked to develop and deliver a short presentation on their past/current work history and vision for the future of the CM Division. Candidate will be subject to a government security investigation. U.S. citizenship is required. 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