Research and Development Engineer (Software Engineer - Cybersecurity/Testing Emphasis)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 01 – L – Exempt
  • 02 – M – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Extreme Computing and Platforms
Full/Part Time:


The Extreme Computing & Platforms Department in the Autonomous and Intelligent Systems Division of the Communication, Information, and Navigation Office at the Applied Research Laboratory is looking for highly motivated, self-starting Software Engineers with a Cybersecurity/Testing Emphasis who desire to work in a growing area encompassing a variety of research and technology disciplines. AIS supports a number of research areas and programs in artificial intelligence, machine learning, high performance computing, cybersecurity, and Test & Evaluation that provide a unique opportunity for the applicant. This job will be filled as a level 1, or level 2, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline (Professional Engineer license accepted in lieu of Bachelor's degree) or higher, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 1. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Knowledge of C++, Java & Python desired. Additional experience in Cybersecurity Testing, Test & Evaluation, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, and Autonomy are preferred. Successful candidates must have a background in an Engineering discipline. Experience with software programming, programming languages and development environments is required. Applicants must possess good communication and writing skills. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Candidates selected will be subject to a government security investigation. 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