Electrical/Electronic Engineers

Pennsylvania State University - University Park, PA 16802
Pennsylvania State University - University Park, PA 16802
Pennsylvania State University - University Park, PA 16802
Job Description


  • CURRENT PENN STATE EMPLOYEE (faculty, staff, technical service, or student), please login to Workday to complete the internal application process (https://pennstateoffice365.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/KnowledgeBaseArticlesSharing/EfiwgKReZ4VAjprFZPKWUm0Bq_sU3KzTmERfpryq0esPKQ) . Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.

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We are searching for Research & Development Engineers to join our Electronic Systems Department (ESD) of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University (PSU). ARL-PSU’s purpose is to develop innovative engineering and technology solutions to challenging national problems in support of the Navy, DoD, and Intel communities. These positions will be an integral part of multi-disciplinary engineering teams that will collaborate in the development of custom hardware, firmware, and autonomous software running on small embedded processor systems, complex network distributed processing systems, and power systems. You will support or lead in the execution of programmatic activities to accomplish sponsor objectives and the department technical mission.

The mission of ESD is to develop and maintain expertise in the research, development, assembly, integration, and delivery of specialty electronic systems for undersea applications.

You will:

  • Develop system architectures and perform functional allocations

  • Design and analyze electrical circuits

  • Develop Software/Firmware for embedded hardware functions

  • Develop Technical Data Packages (TDPs) for designs

  • Write and present design specifications, status, and test reports

  • Contribute design effort estimations to proposals, reports and presentations

  • Collaborate with team members and nurture relationships with customers and vendors

Required skills/experience areas include:

  • Design, integration, and test of custom digital, analog, and power electronics

  • Embedded HW/SW experience (Microcontrollers, FPGAs, Real-time, Linux and Windows OS)

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Preferred skills/experience areas include:

  • Xilinx ISE/Vivado development environments

  • Xilinx System on Chip (SoC) devices

  • C/C++, Matlab, LabView, Verilog, VHDL

  • Digital design, analog design, networks, serial interfaces, power supplies

  • Printed Circuit Board (PCB) layout and routing (controlled impedance, tuning, and high speed)

  • Active security clearance

This position will be filled as a level 2, 3, or 4 depending upon successful candidate's education and experience. Minimally requires a Bachelors’ degree in an Engineering or Science based discipline plus 2 years’ related experience for a level 2. Additional education and/or experience required for higher level positions. A Masters’ degree or PHD in Electrical or Aerospace Engineering is preferred.

Responsibilities of a Level 3 include:

  • Assist in concept development and participate in the design of engineering systems; evaluate, select, and apply engineering process and techniques to assignments

  • Manage Electrical/Electronic Engineering projects of small or moderate size

  • Mentor and train employees in the development of technical, project, and business development skills

  • Contribute to proposals, reports and presentations

Responsibilities of a Level 4 include:

  • Manage multiple or large projects; plan, schedule, conduct, or coordinate detailed phases of the work of a major program.

  • Identify program follow-on work and persuade sponsors to fund; impact customer decisions and strategies

  • May chair sessions at technical meetings; give papers and/or presentations; participate in external seminars, workshops, professional societies and committees

  • Make substantial contributions to determining feasibility of goals/objectives; evaluate proposed or ongoing projects

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. You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply. Employment with 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.


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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 applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, 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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