Research Faculty - Department Head Transduction Device and Array Development

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Sonar Research and Development


The Sonar Research and Development Division of the Undersea Systems Office (USO) within the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a Department Head for our Transduction Device and Array (TDAD) Department. The TDAD Department focuses on the design, analysis, fabrication, and test of novel acoustic transduction devices, primarily for sonar applications, utilizing emerging technologies and materials. The department head is expected to develop program ideas and write proposals as well as lead and support the execution of the programs within the department. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Operation and management of the department; lead technical project teams; prepare and execute department budgets; strategic planning; staff/resource development and utilization. This position may be filled as Research Faculty or a Research and Development Engineer. Faculty rank will be commensurate with education level and experience. Typically requires a Master's degree in an Engineering or Science discipline or higher and 10 or more years’ related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering is preferred. Successful candidates must have knowledge of/experience with: Acoustic transducer design principles modeling, and analysis (specifically FEA); sonar array geometry layout; piezoelectric materials and the electromechanical characterization thereof; transducer array fabrication techniques and tooling strategies; and bench level in-air characterization, integrated in-water acoustic test conduct. Additional project management skills in schedule and budget development are required, along with the ability to lead a multi-discipline and cross-functional team. 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