Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
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Work Unit:
Applied Reseach Laboratory
USO Program Management


The Undersea Systems Office (USO) of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) is seeking undergraduate students to assist with the development of techniques to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of USO digital simulation and analysis capabilities. Students will work as a team to parallelize complex digital simulation components, toward preparing simulation suites for applications that require computational efficiencies to support increasingly complex scenarios and training applications. Students will also work to enhance post-processing techniques for large data sets to support decisions internal and external to ARL. Interested applicants should demonstrate effective communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively in a diverse team environment. The successful candidates will be responsible for documenting their contributions to the projects, which may support the ESM department’s graduation requirements. The successful candidate will work up to 20 hours/week during the fall and spring semesters and 40 hours/week over the summer. Students entering their junior year in Engineering Science and Mechanics with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and above are encouraged to apply. As part of the ARL Distinguished Undergraduate Research Program, you will be required to formally present your research at the end of your final semester. Therefore, honors students will be encouraged to use the project research for meeting your honors thesis requirement. Candidate 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.

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