Research and Development Engineer 1

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
01 – L – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Power and Control Systems
Full/Part Time:


The Power and Control Systems Department in the Systems and Emerging Capabilities Division of the Undersea Systems Office (USO) within the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University is seeking an entry level Engineer to collaborate with mentors to work on complex system-of-systems concepts and development of prototypes to demonstrate concepts. You will be assigned, individually or as part of a team, responsibilities in one or more of the following areas: Signal processing; data fusion; tracking and guidance; transducer design; mechanical design, electrical design; software engineering; modeling physical systems; system simulation; testing of systems and subsystems, either in a virtual sense, in the laboratory, or in the field; post-run analysis and design refinement; design trade-offs; and concept of operations analysis. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline or higher, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Mechanical, or Aerospace Engineering is desired. Knowledge in one or more of the following areas is preferred: Acoustics; digital design; LabVIEW; and real-time software programming. Familiarity with signal processing; competency in writing software (C, C++, Ada, or Fortran) for engineering applications; familiarity with MATLAB/Simulink; and proficiency with Microsoft Office tools is required. Excellent written and oral communication skills, a demonstrated accountability, and good time management is necessary. A willingness to work within a team environment is also necessary. Some domestic travel may be 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