Systems Engineer

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – M – Exempt
  • 03 – N – Exempt
  • 04 – O – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Signal Technology Programs
Full/Part Time:


The Signal Technology Programs (STP) Department of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is seeking junior, mid, and senior-level systems engineers who have a background and interest in system engineering as applied to RF digital signal processing, algorithm development, and data analysis. These openings will support a variety of programs in the Communications, Information, and Navigation Office, ranging from feasibility studies to performance analyses to system/algorithm design. You will be part of a team whose primary function is to derive requirements for and develop signal processing systems and algorithms for new and unusual radar and communications signals. Many assignments will involve elements of algorithm design for signal detection, observables extraction, and geolocation. To perform on these assignments, the candidate will need comprehensive knowledge of digital signal processing, as well as direct experience in several of the following topics: beamforming, TDOA/FDOA, detection, estimation, tracking, classification, and analysis of multi-sensor system performance. Interfacing of software with hardware subsystems is frequently required, as supported by modeling and simulation analyses. Occasional travel to support testing and to attend meetings is necessary. This job will be filled as a level 2, level 3, or level 4, 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. A Bachelor's degree (Master's and Doctoral degree preferred for higher levels) in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Science, Computer Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or Physics is desired. Experience with Midas software, JICD interfaces, operation within AWS GovCloud, and Tactical and National systems and architectures highly desirable. Working knowledge of MATLAB; C++; STK/SOAP, python, and all Office packages is required. Requirements also include a solid understanding of system engineering practices and principles, along with an underlying knowledge of signal phenomenology and propagation. Excellent communication and presentation skills, both oral and written, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work well as part of a team are also required. 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. For additional information, visit This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with 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