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Science and Technology Applied to Navigation Co-Op


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The Navigation Research and Development Division (NRDD), part of The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at The Pennsylvania State University, located in Warminster, PA, is seeking Undergraduate and Graduate Student Co-ops to support research, development, and engineering activities.

Penn State’s Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) is a Department of Defense (DoD) designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), which serves as a center of research excellence in a multitude of areas. ARL conducts basic and applied research, exploratory development, and advanced development in support of the U.S. government organizations; contributes to the educational objectives and research goals of Penn State; and promotes the transfer of advanced technology to the U.S. government.

The NRDD is a satellite campus of ARL focused on developing the most advanced navigation technologies in the world, built around unique laboratories specially designed to test the most precise navigation sensors and systems. The mission of the NRDD is to conduct new navigation technology research and development, systems engineering and to provide expert knowledge for our Navy, Army, and other U.S. government sponsors.

In this co-op you will:

+ Focus on the manifestation of fundamental physical principals in navigation systems

+ Connect with an experienced researcher in investigating how cross domain science/technologies can be utilized in navigation systems; design, modeling and analysis of navigation sensors; or modeling of geophysical systems

+ Learn or strengthen skills in applying physical principals to modeling, MATLAB/C++ programming, and computational simulation methods

Undergraduate and Graduate students studying Physics and Mathematics are preferred. This position is well suited for those interested in novel applications of science fundamentals, computational physics, modeling and simulation.

Students must be available to work at the Warminster facility for a six month time period.

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.


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