Research and Development Engineer (Department Head - Applied Enterprise Systems Department)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – N – Exempt
  • 04 – O – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Logistics and Operational Effectiveness
Full/Part Time:


The Logistics and Operational Effectiveness Division of The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University is seeking a Department Head for the Applied Enterprise Systems (AES) Department. Responsibilities include: Serve as a technical and functional leader in the fields of Enterprise Resource Management (ERP), Robotics Process Automation (RPA), and Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM); understand our customer’s current and future technical and process challenges, and create the vision and strategy for how the AES department will solve them; lead new customer development efforts and business generation; prepare written and/or verbal presentations/proposals on complex issues and deliver to a broad variety of audiences; participate in defense, academic, and industry ERP, RPA, and SCRM communities; promote a thriving research and development environment to foster creativity and collaboration; and serve as a leader to the AES Department to include personnel management, recruitment, development, and retention of employees. 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 Master’s degree Engineering, Computer Science, or Information Science is desired. Preferred experience areas include: Defense business systems; defense force management systems; supply chain management and security systems; distributed ledger systems implemented with block chain technology; and business process engineering. Leadership of tasks related to ERP instantiation, configuration, and process refinement; functional and technical knowledge of RPA for business process enhancement; and technical team leadership and management is required. 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. 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.

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