Department Head - Applications Software

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – N – Exempt
  • 04 – O – Exempt
  • 05 – P – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Guidance and Control Technologies
Full/Part Time:


The Guidance and Control Systems Division of the Undersea Systems Office (USO) within the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is seeking a Department Head for our Applications Systems Department. The Applications Software Department’s mission is to design, build, test, and deliver guidance software for undersea systems. The department is responsible for designing, implementing, and integrating software for science and technology demonstrations as well as engineering development and in-service weapons programs. It serves as the leading resource for ARL and undersea systems community in guidance and sonar systems real-time embedded software, software engineering, and integration and testing. Responsibilities include: organizational leadership - develop and execute the strategic vision, goals, and plans while promoting a thriving research and development environment for the engineering staff that fosters creativity and collaboration; resource management - work closely with the leadership of all USO programs requiring guidance and control software to properly plan, staff, and execute those programs while participating in new customer development efforts and business generation; technical leadership - provide technical expertise and direction through the development of outstanding research and engineering capabilities within the department, work closely with USO leadership to ensure rigorous execution, sound research and engineering practices, and the highest standards of technical work while directing and overseeing the software engineering function in developing, releasing, and maintaining software applications; and personnel management - define expectations, identify professional development and training opportunities, evaluate growth through performance reviews, recruit and train engineers to advance the department, develop faculty and staff, advise personnel to encourage and facilitate their growth, and provide technical leadership through coaching and mentoring. This position will be cross posted as Research and Development Engineer and Research Faculty. 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. A Master’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or Computer Science is preferred. Experience managing programs, people and organizational units as well as a demonstrated capability to set and meet goals and objectives is necessary. Effective verbal and written communication and presentation skills are 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. 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