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We are seeking a highly motivated, self-starting Research and Development Engineer to join our Agile Systems Engineering (ASE) Group of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University. You will support complex system development leveraging the latest technologies in areas such as hypersonic weapons, unmanned systems, advanced manufacturing, and supply chain logistics including a focus on electrical, mechanical, aerospace engineering and computer science.

As an ASE R&D Engineer you will be expected to work closely with Senior Engineers and subject matter experts on tasks associated with:

+ Analysis of alternative solutions

+ Requirements development and linkages throughout system architecture

+ System interface architecture to include mechanical, electrical, and software requirements

+ Model based engineering activities including hardware-in-the-loop test set development, model development, and integration with test set frameworks

+ Evaluation of communications and data architecture

+ Detailed design and implementation of electrical circuits, software, and firmware

+ Modular test set definition and development, and other detailed electrical engineering design tasks associated

+ Model based systems engineering

+ Coordination with external collaborators

This job will be filled at multiple levels depending upon the successful candidate's education and experience. Minimally requires a Bachelor’s Degree in and engineering or science discipline. A degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science is preferred.

Your working location will be fully on-site, located in State College, PA. This position will require periodic travel to remote locations in support of testing as part of a small team of researchers, engineers, and technologists

Required skills/experience:

+ Understand basic engineering principles and be able to apply them to real-world problems

+ Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communications skills

+ Be comfortable working in a team environment

Preferred skills/experience:

+ Hands-on experience with design, simulation, and test.

+ Working with standard laboratory test equipment such as oscilloscopes, function generators, etc.

+ Code writing in several languages with emphasis on embedded coding

+ FPGA firmware development with VHDL and Matlab code generation

+ Familiarity with controls, simulation, and hardware-in the-loop test set development and operation

+ Model Based Systems Engineering training and experience

+ Familiarity with systems engineering fundamentals

+ Active SECRET Clearance

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 www.arl.psu.edu

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

$76,700.00 - $129,500.00

Salary Structure (https://hr.psu.edu/current-employee/compensation/comp-modernization) - additional information on Penn State's job and salary structure.


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here (https://police.psu.edu/annual-security-reports) .

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.


Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

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