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Research and Development Engineer


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We are searching for multiple entry-level engineers to join our Systems and Emerging Capabilities Division of the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State University. ARL/Penn State’s purpose is to develop innovative solutions to challenging national problems in support of the Navy, DoD, and Intel communities engineering and technology needs. This position seeks to train/mentor individuals in becoming experts in their areas of interest.

ARL is an authorized DoD SkillBridge partner and welcomes all transitioning military members to apply.

You Will:

+ Support analysis, requirements development, systems architecture and concept development, analysis of alternatives, system and requirements decomposition, detailed design processes, systems and process modeling, systems integration and test, verification planning and execution

+ Vehicle systems design, electrical power and controls, vehicle controls, software or autonomy

This position can be filled at multiple levels, depending upon your education and experience. Minimal requirements a Bachelor’s degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline for the professional level. Additional experience and/ or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs.

Additional responsibilities for higher level position includes:

+ Additional experience in one or more relevant technologies/engineering disciplines:

+ Systems Engineering

+ Electrical Power and Controls (battery)

+ Autonomy

+ Vehicle Control

+ Software (C/C++, JAVA, or similar)

+ In/On Water Testing of Vehicle Systems

+ Design, develop and test of undersea vehicles and systems in support of major DoD programs

+ Perform in-water testing of software on targeted underwater vehicle platform

Required skills/experience areas include:

+ Strong engineering foundation that will be applied to a variety of projects that range in complexity and technological maturity

+ Willingness to concurrently work multiple projects (usually 2-3)

+ Ability to work closely with a team to meet challenging design and program objectives

+ Candidates should be inquisitive, proactive, and interested in learning new tools, techniques, and problem domains

+ Candidates should possess strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication and presentation skills; be well-organized, independent, and ready to work with minimal supervision; and feel comfortable working in an environment where problems are often not initially well-defined

Preferred skills/experience areas include:

+ MATLAB/Simulink, LabVIEW and real-time software programming

+ CAD tools for schematic capture, layout, and generation of procurement documentation (Altium Design Suite highly recommended)

+ Underwater vehicle development (UUV, submarine, torpedo)

+ Research and development experience in autonomy, autonomous systems systems engineering processes, or naval training

+ Previous Navy systems development as related to unmanned systems

+ Active Secret/Top Secret clearance

+ Technical experience related to the development of software for autonomous or unmanned systems

Your working location will be fully 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

The salary range for this position, including all possible grades is:

$76,700.00 - $129,500.00

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