Research and Development Engineer 2

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
02 – M – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Composite Materials
Full/Part Time:


The Composite Materials Division (CMD) of The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University is seeking a Research and Development Engineer to join the CMD laboratories’ efforts in non-metallic materials research and development. This position centers on advanced material technologies focused on process development, fabrication, and testing of polymers, composites, and hybrid materials for emergent US Navy structures. Responsibilities include: Participate in concurrent and collaborative research initiatives, planning, and conducting experiments; fabricate and test prototypes and coupon specimens; and generate technical documentation (e.g., technical summary and final reports) for CMD research activities. Typical processes utilized in the CMD labs include autoclave, out-of-autoclave, resin-transfer molding, hand and wet layup, open-mold castings, pressure injection, and press curing. 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. A Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Science and Mechanics, or Materials Engineering is desired. Preferred experience areas include: Four years of related experience; understanding of data acquisition systems; and a basic familiarity of non-destructive evaluation (e.g., Ultrasonic Inspection, Acoustic Emissions, and Eddy Current) techniques. Experience requirements include: Overall engineering background with fundamental knowledge of mechanical design, material science, mechanical testing, and composites manufacturing processes. The successful candidate should possess: Creativity; excellent decision making; outstanding written and verbal communication skills; the ability to work independently and in teams; capability of meeting stringent schedules; and a commitment to workplace safety. Candidate 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. 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. 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