Combustion Research Engineer

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
Technology, Concept and Modeling


The Instrumentation and Controls Department in the Energy and Power Controls Division of the Undersea Systems Office within the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is seeking Research Faculty to join our team. This position is part of a design team and is responsible for the analysis, design and development of a metal combustion thermal source as part of a hybrid power system including thermal modeling, design of structural hardware, and evaluation testing. This position is also responsible to lead or assist with subsystem test planning, test execution, and test documentation. Faculty rank is commensurate with education and experience. A Master’s degree in an Engineering or Science related discipline required. A Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering is ideal. The following areas of experience are preferred: proficiency with modeling tools for CFD, FEA, chemical kinetics, or thermodynamics; proficiency with mechanical design, geometric tolerances and familiarity with material selection; leadership; and program management. The following areas are required: combustion theory and its relation to metal powders; thermal testing; and strong communication skills, including technical writing. 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. 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