Research and Development Engineer (Computer Vision and Metrology Systems Engineer)

Penn State University

Electro-Optics Center in Freeport, PA
Campus City:
Freeport, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – M – Exempt
  • 03 – N – Exempt
  • 04 – O – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Full/Part Time:


The Electro-Optics Center (EOC), located in Freeport PA, a Division of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State, is seeking a Computer Vision Systems Engineer to work closely with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists to design computer vision and imaging systems supporting various military and intelligence community customers. Responsibilities include: lead and contribute to key technical efforts in the development of broad range of novel electro-optical sensor systems; software and algorithm development for computer vision, image processing, machine learning, data fusion, automated test systems, control systems and custom graphical user interfaces to push the state of the art of these systems; guide system development from desk/bench-top and field-testable prototype to transitioned, field-deployable product; support operationalization of techniques through field integration and testing activities, data analysis, and lab experimentation; document work in memoranda, sponsor briefs, conference proceedings, and journal articles; brief senior leadership and sponsors, as required; and work with leadership to develop project/staffing plans, participate in strategic business planning, new business development and internal research and development (IR&D) efforts, as required. This job will be filled as a level 2, level 3, or level 4, 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 Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Optics, or a related field is highly desired. Experience in the following is preferred: fifteen years of directly-relevant experience in computer vision-related industry, consulting, or academia with some experience building products for Department of Defense or intelligence Community customers; experience with real time/embedded application development and control systems theory; CUDA, GPGPU computing libraries; writing software design documents and ICDs; three dimensional data processing and visualization; GPS and positioning systems; simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM) and deep experience with active or passive remote sensing systems; and Distributed Aperture Systems, Visual Augmentation Systems, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), and EO System Modeling tools. An active Secret security clearance with eligibility for TS/SCI is highly desirable. Experience in the following is required: Two years of direct experience developing computer vision, imaging systems, or machine learning systems for military or intelligence community customers; familiarity with remote sensing physics and theory, detection and estimation theory, image processing, active or passive camera systems, photogrammetry/stereo imaging, metrology and inspection, image display technologies, multispectral and hyperspectral systems, and augmented reality technology; experience with C and C++, Java, C#, MATLAB or CUDA; Windows, Linux and real-time operating environments; OpenCV; experience interfacing with hardware via an ICD; and ability to adapt to changing requirements. The successful candidate will have: Excellent written (including technical writing), verbal, and interpersonal skills, including a comfort level briefing to very senior and large audiences; strong organizational and planning skills, with a demonstrated ability to effectively lead and inspire high performance teams of technical staff in solving complex problems; a demonstrated ability to collaborate in technical activities, as evidenced by co-authorship of technical papers, presentations, proposals, and white papers with authors from other organizations; identify as a self-starter in practical initiation and execution of research projects; and holds the ability to work independently or as part of a multidisciplinary team and adapt to changing requirements. 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 University 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