Research and Development Engineer

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – N – Exempt
  • 04 – O – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Algorithms, Prototyping and Integration Department
Full/Part Time:


The Algorithms, Prototyping and Integration Department of the Visualization and Decision Support Division in The Communications, Information, and Navigation Office (CINO) within the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is seeking a Research and Development Engineer to join our team. Responsibilities include: Conceptual development and review of software and software systems requirements, the design analyses of software applications, independently evaluating, selecting and applying scientific or engineering procedures and techniques to assignments; acting as the Scrum Master for a multi-disciplined engineering team executing projects using AGILE execution process; interacting with sponsors, delivering broad strategy, planning, coordination, and technical solutions that meet the sponsor’s mission; and financial estimating, budgeting, expenditure monitoring, and rebaselining for multiple projects, ensuring that resources align with program objectives. You will also be responsible for all aspects of subcontract management including: Monitor current subcontractor expenditures, reporting, invoicing, CDRL delivery; coordinate documentation preparation related to new subcontracts and subcontractor facility/equipment needs; coordinate and schedule subcontractor review meetings; maintain and update artifacts in support of the team’s AGILE execution process; and participate in proposal generation to capture follow on business. This job will be filled as a 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 (Master's degree preferred) or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A degree in Engineering or Systems Engineering is desired and a Master’s degree is preferred. Additional preferred experience includes: additional years of relevant experience with government contracting process; and applying systems engineering principles to guide technical solutions, familiarity with AGILE development processes. Required experience include: Strong background in systems engineering; engineering program management; technical working group support; technical writing; and providing direct programmatic and technical support to government customers. The successful candidate will have the ability to work and thrive within a large team of engineers 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. 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