Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Autonomy Scientist

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
Undersea Systems Office


The Undersea Systems Office (USO) within the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at the Pennsylvania State University is seeking an Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Autonomy Scientist for our State College, PA location. Responsibilities for this position include: “Hands-on” technical support and leadership of sponsored research programs in a team-focused environment with a very innovative and motivated staff of scientists and engineers; mentorship of junior technical staff; strategic interaction with USO senior management; proposal development and sponsor interaction; collaboration with others working in AI and autonomy, both within and outside of Penn State; and participation in national/international professional societies and conferences. The opportunity exists to teach, advise students, chair graduate student committees, and be admitted to the graduate faculty of an academic department at the Pennsylvania State University. The USO serves as a research center of excellence in undersea weapons, Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUVs), and advanced sonar supporting our national security and undersea warfare sponsors through the development and demonstration of science and technology. The office has approximately 350 employees and an annual budget in excess of $100 million. The individual sought for this position will develop and support cross-office initiatives in the development, demonstration, and prototyping of innovative, intelligent, autonomous, unmanned undersea systems. The ideal candidate should have an education background and/or previous work experience in autonomous systems, perception/machine vision, and deep learning, along with familiarity with the challenges inherent to operating in the undersea domain. This position will be cross posted as Research Faculty and Research and Development Engineer. Faculty rank will be commensurate with education and experience. A Master’s degree in a technical discipline related to AI and Autonomy is required with a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence or Cognitive Science strongly preferred. Previous experience in securing funding from organizations like the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Science Foundation, or other federal agencies that fund fundamental and/or applied research is desirable, but not required. Candidate 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. This is a one-year, fixed term renewable appointment. 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.

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