Research and Development Engineer (Data Scientist)

Penn State University

Reston, VA
Campus City:
Reston, VA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – M – Exempt
  • 03 – N – Exempt
  • 04 – O – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Algorithms, Prototyping & Integration
Full/Part Time:


The Algorithms, Prototyping and Integration Department within the Communications, Information and Navigation Office (CINO) at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) is looking for two talented, experienced and a highly motivated Data Scientist’s to assist in providing its customers with state-of-the-art visualization and decision support. The primary focus will be researching and developing feasible algorithmic solutions to our sponsor’s complex problems given large sets of multivariate data. Specifically, you will be engaged in applying data mining and enhancement techniques; performing statistical analysis in support of pattern of life and anomaly detection; performing data fusion and correlation; developing approaches for visualizing large scale data sets; and building high quality software prototypes integrated with our various research and operational software environments. The selected candidates will assume a technical leadership role and will interact with other ARL staff and sponsors, spending a majority of the time working in a classified environment in Reston, VA with regular travel to the State College, PA. 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 Master's degree in Data Science, Computer Science or Statistics is highly desired. Experience in the following is preferred: computer programming, statistics, machine learning, multivariable calculus and linear algebra, data wrangling/enhancement, data visualization and communication, and software engineering. Experience in the following is required: data science/algorithm development. Candidates 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