Research Faculty (Data Scientist)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Applied Research Laboratory
Visual Analytics


The Communications, Information, and Navigation Office (CINO) at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) is seeking applicants for Researcher Faculty positions to join our Visual Analytics group. In this position, you will conduct applied research in decision support tools, visual analytics, natural language processing, social networks, machine learning, blockchain networks, and big data analytics. You will assume a technical leadership role, develop and submit proposals for funded research from DoD and related sponsors, cultivate positive relationships with existing and potential government and industry sponsors; collaborate with other research and academic faculty; and document research activities in technical reports. Responsibilities include: systems engineering, software design and testing, algorithm development, systems analysis, stakeholder requirements capture, task dissemination and execution, budgeting, scheduling, and status reporting. A proven track record of obtaining initial and continued project funding, as well as leading teams of engineers, developers, and students is required. Experience with at least one major programming language, such as Java, Matlab, R, Python is preferred. The successful candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to conduct interactive briefings and trainings. The ability to work effectively as part of a project team is essential. Off-site travel will be required. This is a non-tenure track faculty position; rank will be commensurate with education level and experience. Minimum educational requirements include a Master’s degree in an Engineering related discipline, plus 5 years of related experience. Applicants must be a US citizen and eligible to hold a Top Secret security clearance. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. This is a one-year, fixed term renewable appointment.

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