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Power and Energy Systems Engineer (FACULTY)


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The Energy Science and Power Systems (ESPS) Division of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University is seeking a Power and Energy Systems Chemical Engineer/Chemist to perform basic and applied research in support of ARL’s core mission of supporting our national security via design and development of undersea power and energy systems. The selected candidate will join a multi-disciplinary team responsible for the analysis, design, development, and demonstration of advanced power systems for underwater and/or other unique applications (including combustion/thermal, electrochemical, and hybrid systems). This position can be filled by either a Research and Development Engineer or a non-tenure Research Faculty. ​ ARL is an authorized DoD SkillBridge partner and welcomes all transitioning military members to apply.

You Will:

+ Model, design, fabricate, and test components, subsystems, and integrated systems

+ Evaluate, manufacture, and test energetic materials used in underwater power systems and/or chemical storage of hydrogen or oxygen

+ Execute technical project leadership, interfacing with internal management, program sponsors, and other stakeholders

+ Develop ideas and proposals for potential new programs

Faculty rank will be commensurate with education and experience. Minimally requires a Bachelors degree in an Engineering or Science discipline plus 5 years' related experience. A Masters degree or PhD is preferred.

Required Skills

+ The candidate should have a strong technical background with experience in design and analysis of chemical, mechanical, and/or electrical systems

+ Experience with modeling and hands-on testing of materials, subsystems, and systems

+ Comfortable writing white papers/proposals as well as presenting to large groups and sponsors

+ Demonstrated track record of successful project / team leadership

Preferred Skills:

+ Proficiency with modeling tools for chemical kinetics, phase equilibria, thermodynamics, or other analysis tools

+ Working knowledge of materials related to chemical generation and storage of hydrogen and oxygen

+ Experience with funding acquisition from various agencies, including but not limited to, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and SBIR/STTR

Your working location will be on-site located in State College, PA. ARL at Penn State is an integral part of one of the leading research universities in the nation and serves as a University center of excellence in defense science, systems, and technologies with a focus in naval missions and related areas. You will be subject to a government security investigation, and 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on ARL, visit our web site at .


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