Research and Development Engineer (Virtual Reality Software Developer)

Penn State University

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


An entry-level Virtual Reality (VR) Software Developer is needed for the Visualization Technology Department in the Visualization and Decision Support Division of the Communications, Information and Navigation Office (CINO) within the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at The Pennsylvania State University. The position will require the application of software development and content generation skill sets to develop features for a Unity3D-based synthetic environment framework. Applications developed are deployed to a number of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) platforms including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality, Magic Leap, Hololens, and CAVE displays. This job will be filled as a level 1, or level 2, 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 an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 1. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A degree in Computer Science, Information Science and Technology, or Computer Engineering is preferred. Experience in: Unity3D, Unreal, 3D Modeling Concepts, Autodesk 3DSMax or Maya, Geospatial and GIS tool suites, VR content development, game design, and/or related software is highly desired. The ideal candidate will have a background in software engineering, systems engineering, human computer interfaces or visualization technologies. Experience in object-oriented programming languages is required. 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. 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