Research and Development Engineer Transducer Designer

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – M – Exempt
  • 03 – N – Exempt
  • 04 – O – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Transduction Device and Array Development Department
Full/Part Time:


The Transduction Device and Array Development Department in the Sonar Research and Development Division of the Undersea Systems Office (USO) within the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University is looking for a talented and motivated Transducer Designer to join our team. This position utilizes a breadth of engineering skills to design analyze, fabricate, and test underwater acoustic transduction systems. The successful candidate will use knowledge of mechanical, electrical, acoustic, and material science concepts to develop innovative sonar transducer array designs. Responsibilities will include: Analysis, design, and testing sonar transducers/arrays; oversight and supervision of staff conducting transducer fabrication and testing; design and analysis of mechanical packaging concepts; design and fabrication of tooling and test beds; assembly procedures and technical report generation; project management (schedule and budget development); and interaction with customers and vendors. 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. A degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Physics, or Materials Engineering is preferred. A Master’s degree is highly desired. Experience with the following is ideal: Underwater acoustic transducer/array design; characterization/testing of electromechanical devices and materials, structural and dynamic finite element analysis; acoustics; dimensional tolerance stack-up analysis, transducer fabrication techniques; experimental test conduct; project management; MATLAB, Excel, PowerPoint, and mechanical CAD packages. Experience with the following is required: Mechanical design, technical writing; and data analysis. 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 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