Research and Development Engineer (Controls Systems Engineer)
Penn State University
The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; we believe this is central to our success as a Department of Defense designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are part of our workforce. The Electro-Mechanical Power Department in the Energy Science and Power Systems Division of the Undersea Systems Office (USO) within ARL is seeking a Research and Development Engineer to join their team. This position will be responsible for the analysis, design and development of the instrumentation and controls of thermal and hybrid power systems including control software development, thermal power system modeling, power management and distribution, data acquisition and storage. This position will also assist with component and subsystem test planning, test execution, and test documentation, at the direction of the team lead engineer. This job will be filled as a level 1, level 2, or level 3, 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. Prior knowledge of data acquisition instrumentation and controls is preferred. Knowledge of the theory and implementation of control algorithms; and proficiency with programming languages such as NI’s Labview or CVI and MATLAB/Simulink are required for this position. Additionally, successful candidates must have strong communication skills, including technical writing. Applicant 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. This is a one year, fixed-term renewable appointment.
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