Navigation, Estimation, and Controls Co-Op

Penn State University

Warminster, PA
Campus City:
Warmister, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Navigation and Research Development


The Navigation Research and Development Division (NRDD), part of The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at The Pennsylvania State University, located in Warminster, PA, is seeking Undergraduate and Graduate Student Co-ops to support research, development, and engineering activities. Penn State’s Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) is a Department of Defense (DoD) designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), which serves as a center of research excellence in a multitude of areas. ARL conducts basic and applied research, exploratory development, and advanced development in support of the U.S. government organizations; contributes to the educational objectives and research goals of Penn State; and promotes the transfer of advanced technology to the U.S. government. The NRDD is a satellite campus of ARL focused on developing the most advanced navigation technologies in the world, built around unique laboratories specially designed to test the most precise navigation sensors and systems. The mission of the NRDD is to conduct new navigation technology research and development, systems engineering and to provide expert knowledge for our Navy, Army, and other U.S. government sponsors. As a Navigation, Estimation, and Controls co-op you will conduct research and development of navigation algorithms. This position is ideal for those with interests in modeling dynamic systems, optimal filtering and state estimation, and control systems. You will be working with a cooperative team of experienced engineers to support research projects being conducted at the NRDC. These projects fall in the areas of state estimation for navigation, modeling and simulation of sea vessels, modeling and simulation of geophysical systems, and robotics and autonomous systems. Co-ops will build skills in simulation/analysis with MATLAB, programming in C#/C++/Python, working in Linux, filter design, simulating physical systems, and implementing control algorithms. Undergraduate and Graduate students with the following majors are preferred: Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, and Mathematics. Students must be available to work at the Warminster facility for a six month time period. 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.

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