Engineering Support Specialist 1-2 MCL

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 01 – G – Non-exempt
  • 02 – H – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
Office of the Vice President for Research
Materials Research Institute
Full/Part Time:


The Materials Characterization Laboratory (MCL) is a fully-staffed, open access, research facility at Penn State`s Materials Research Institute, charged with enabling research while educating the next generation of highly qualified researchers and engineers. Our laboratories occupy greater than 15,000 ft2 within the Millennium Science Complex (MSC). Each year the MCL supports more than 1000 researchers from 40 Penn State departments, and more than 90 external organizations (industry, government labs, and other academic institutions). Current MCL technical capabilities include electron and ion microscopy, molecular spectroscopy, electron and ion spectroscopy, x-ray scattering, surface analysis, surface metrology, thermal analysis, particle analysis, electrical characterization, mechanical testing, and extensive sample processing capabilities. We are seeking a motivated, detail-oriented, problem solver to support multiple areas within the laboratory. This individual will participate as a team member in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills are essential as the MCL supports many researchers for whom English is a second language. Typical duties will involve calibration, optimization, troubleshooting, and basic maintenance of test instrumentation. Assisting senior staff in the design, implementation, and documentation of test data to ensure optimal instrument performance. An ability to dynamically instruct novice facility users on the basic instrumental operational principles is essential. This position has the possibility of supporting any of the above technical areas. The MCL will provide on the job training. Please include in your cover letter a summary of relevant technique experience and reasons for interest in the job, along with a curriculum vitae and contact information for three professional references (name, position title, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address). This job will be filled as a level 1, or level 2, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires an Associate'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. Experience with mechanical testing, atomic force microscopy, raman microscopy, optical microscopy, and materials sample preparation are of interest. A background in engineering, materials science, or in any general science is beneficial. However, any curious and detail-oriented individual with a demonstrated ability to think critically and solve problems in their respective technical fields will be considered. Basic laboratory skills that are required include: ordering parts and supplies, performing basic repairs and maintenance, and ensuring that all safety protocols are complied with and enforced. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

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