Research and Development Engineer (Department Head – Embedded Hardware – Software Systems and Applications)

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
  • 05 – P – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
The Systems and Operations Automation Division
Full/Part Time:


The Materials and Manufacturing Office at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is seeking a Department Head for the Embedded Hardware - Software Systems and Applications located within the Systems and Operations Division. This position is expected to set the vision for and lead the execution of research, development, prototyping, and transition of systems and tools that increase the quality and speed of design and manufacturing and promote the cost effective sustainment of Department of Defense (DoD) systems. The Embedded Hardware?Software Systems and Applications Department’s primary focus is on platform health management and system automation hardware and software development. The department personnel contain a spectrum of skill sets. Responsibilities include: Identify opportunities for cross campus collaborations for Systems and Operations Automation Department and Embedded Hardware - Software Systems and Applications Department researchers; define and develop major research programs; cultivate new sponsors; lead and execute large research initiatives comprised of multi-disciplinary teams; and engage and support the Penn State research community. This position will be filled as either Research Faculty or a Research and Development Engineer. This job will be filled as a level 3, level 4, or level 5, 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. Preferred experience includes: Integration, testing, evaluation, and the transition of prototype embedded technologies through simulations in the laboratory and with full scale physical assets testing in field environments. An active Secret clearance is highly preferred. Required experience includes: Embedded system development involving field programmable gate array, digital signal processors, and microprocessors; platform technology integration; real?time system hardware design and analysis; and advanced user interface development and wireless communications. The successful candidate will have: A demonstrated track record of interdisciplinary research and development leading to successful technology transition; the ability to network and collaborate with Federal Government employees and contractors who support DoD; and excellent presentation, communication both written and verbal, and interpersonal skills. Domestic travel is required for this position. 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 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