Research and Development Engineer (HPC Infrastructure Engineer for the Physical Sciences)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – M – Exempt
  • 03 – N – Exempt
Work Unit:
Eberly College of Science
Full/Part Time:


The Eberly College of Science in cooperation with the Institute for CyberScience at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure engineer. The successful candidate will work with a team on the development, deployment, administration and support of a 5000+ core computer cluster and associated software infrastructure to further the scientific goals of the LIGO project. In particular, they will be responsible for ensuring the prompt availability of data from the world-wide gravitational-wave detector network to Penn State resources and for ensuring compatibility with specific gravitational wave analysis software. In addition, they will research optimizations and configurations to improve the performance of the cyberinfrastructure. This job will be filled as a 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 or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Candidates are expected to have demonstrated experience in providing software and hardware infrastructure support in a high-performance computing environment. Preferred experience includes: experience with job schedulers such as HTCondor, big data tools such as Hadoop, web services, web frameworks, system administration tools such as Puppet, and programming skills in C, Python, and bash. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply. The position is available immediately. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

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