Project Manager/Project Engineer

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 04 – O – Exempt
  • 05 – P – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Communications, Information and Navigation Office
Full/Part Time:


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 Communications, Information, and Navigation Office (CINO) within ARL is in need of an experienced Technical Project Manager/Project Engineer to support execution of various applied cyber and communications research tasks for a US Government customer. Responsibilities include: Budgeting, tracking and reporting of program costs and technical status; technical and programmatic briefing to sponsors and potential sponsors; support to ARL business development and proposals for new sponsored activities, to include concept briefings and development of cost proposals and technical statements of work; participation in and leadership of small project teams comprised of Penn State/ARL and Department of Defense (DoD) staff focused on specific challenges and issues; and analysis of tactical and strategic systems. In addition you will work with sponsor personnel for: Technical concept development, and white paper formulation for new capabilities and emerging threats; development of new requirements, program plans, acquisition documentation, test and demonstration plans for acquired capabilities; and conduct of system evaluations and vulnerability/capability assessments. This job will be filled as a level 4, or level 5, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline or higher plus ten years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 4. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Previous experience in support of RF and cyber systems, particularly in classified DoD programs preferred. Engineering and program management expertise in applied research and development, particularly in support of DoD programs as well as a broad technical knowledge and significant experience supporting DoD sensor, communications, weapons, and analysis programs required. This position requires frequent, short-duration travel to customer facilities and other ARL facilities. 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.

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