Data 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
Algorithms, Prototyping and Integration
Full/Part Time:


The Communications, Information and Navigation Office (CINO) at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) is looking for a Data Engineer to join our Algorithms, Prototyping and Integration Department. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Developing, implementing, testing, optimizing and maintaining data management architectures, such as databases and large-scale processing systems. This includes working with software developers and data scientists on data initiatives and ensuring optimal data delivery architectures throughout new and ongoing projects. Additional responsibilities include: Collaborating with data scientists to ensure data management architectures support analysis requirements; researching and acquiring new data sets; developing data set processes for data modeling, mining, and production; developing and implementing approaches for system to system integration using FOSS data engineering tools and languages; providing and implementing recommendations to optimize and improve data quality, integrity and accessibility; selecting and integrating Big Data tools and frameworks required to provided requested capabilities; and participating in proposal generation to capture follow on business. 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 in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Science and Technology (IST) is preferred plus 7-10 years of related data engineering experience. Experience with the following is preferred: The ideal candidate should be familiar with the following data engineering enabling tools and scripting languages: Cassandra, MySQL, Redis, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, neo4j, Hive, Pig, Impala, Sqoop, Java, Python, Scala, and NIFI. Experience with the following is required: Subject matter experience designing, optimizing and maintaining data management architectures, as well as developing custom solutions based on customer use cases and workflows; subject matter expertise in SQL, NoSQL, working with relational databases (specifically Postgres), and building and optimizing Enhancement, Transform, and Load (ETL) processes; and the ability to work in a team environment and communicate effectively. You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply. Candidates selected will be subject to a government security investigation. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. An active TS/SCI Clearance is also required. 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