Research and Development Engineer (Fluids Research Engineer)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – M – Exempt
  • 03 – N – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Fluids Research
Full/Part Time:


The Fluids Research Department of The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University is seeking a Fluids Research Engineer to support and conduct basic and applied research in fluid mechanics, investigating a wide range of areas of hydrodynamics interest, including complex single and multi-phase flows, cavitating flows, marine vehicles, turbomachinery, and renewable energy production. Responsibilities include: prepare and execute hydrodynamic testing at ARL, government testing facilities and field sites; design test articles; assemble & operate test articles; write, develop, and submit proposals for funded research; collaborate with other research and academic faculty; and document research activities in technical reports. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering and 3 years of related experience is highly desired. Experience in the following is preferred: Fluid dynamics testing; flow diagnostics techniques; systems engineering; and knowledge of unsteady fluid dynamics, cavitation and multi-phase flows, and familiarity with solid modeling/CAD systems, Matlab, or Simulink is also preferred. Experience in Fluid Mechanics is required. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills both written and verbal, great presentation skills, and the ability to work effectively as part of a project team. Candidates 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 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