Research and Development Engineer DevOps Research Engineer

Penn State University

Reston, VA
Campus City:
Reston, VA
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
Research Transition and Integration Center
Full/Part Time:


The Research Transition and Integration Center (RTIC) of the Communications, Information and Navigation Office (CINO) at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is seeking an energetic and experienced DevOps Research Engineer to join our team in RTIC, located in Reston, VA, injects applied research and technology innovations into every aspect of CINO’s mission. We are looking for highly motivated and technically sound DevOps enthusiasts with the experience to drive highly technical and strategic discussions to support platform research for DevOps with security in mind (i.e., DevSecOps). 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. Experience enabling security via designing and implementing process automation is a plus. Prior experience with DevOps in a secure environment, managing source control, provisioning tools, systems architecture designing and deploying highly available/fault tolerant solutions, previous software development, and finally cloud networking deployment experience is preferred. Applicants with an active TS//SCI clearance will be given a strong preference. A broad knowledge of CI/CD, DevOps, Cloud and the ability to leverage that knowledge in high or low-level strategy discussions is needed. Experience with Puppet, Ansible, or related frameworks is required. Candidates should demonstrate a strong understanding of security concepts, best practices and how to apply them, such as Secure Shell, public key encryption, access credentials, certificates, TLS, data encryption to include Department of Defense and Intelligence Community security policies/processes. The ideal candidate must demonstrate excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, be highly motivated, organized with attention to detail and accuracy, and possess the ability to prioritize tasks. Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation. You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply. Employment with the ARL will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. This position could be located in Reston, VA or State College, PA. ARL 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. 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