Research and Development Engineer 2 (i-ASK Center Lead)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
02 – M – Exempt
Work Unit:
Vice President of Research)
Institute for CyberScience (ICS)
Full/Part Time:


The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) is seeking a leader to join our team support the ICS Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI). This position will be an integral contributor to ICS by leading our ICS-ACI Solutions and Knowledge (i-ASK) Center. Our fast paced and growing team is supported by an exciting $60 million Penn State investment in research cyberinfrastructure. Penn State’s elite researchers use our high-performance research cloud (HPRC) to solve real-world problems by conducting simulations, data mining, and other high-performance computing operations. With ICS, you will have the opportunity to support this ground breaking work. As the Lead of our i-ASK Center you will: lead a team of ICS staff and students to provide technical expertise to university constituents in assisting them in resolving their research related issues; research and document client needs and engineer and develop solutions that meet or exceed those needs; design and develop tools, resources, and training to increase client knowledge and usage of ICS-ACI infrastructure; recruit, develop, and evaluate i-ASK center staff; determine metrics, measure performance, provide reports, and develop and implement recommendations for improvements for ICS-ACI and client needs. To learn more about working for ICS, please visit 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. A successful candidate will have a strong background in an IT service related role that shows an ability to understand and resolve client issues. Must have excellent communication skills (both verbal and written). Experience in and/or management of IT help desk centers is a plus. 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