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Research and Development Engineer (Software Engineer)

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Applied Research Laboratory
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U.S. Citizenship is required for employment at ARL

The Undersea Systems Office (USO) of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is seeking a talented, experienced, Software Engineer to oversee leadership of teams and projects that involve extensive cooperation and coordination between multiple departments across the University and with external customers. Responsibilities include: Design, develop, and test real-time embedded software for autonomous systems; manage teams of software engineers to achieve project goals; serve as an interface between engineers and management; take ownership of development plans; and identify and mobilize resources to achieve goals, ensuring that software projects complete on time and within budget.

This job will be filled as a level 4, or level 5, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline or higher plus ten years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 4. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Master’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or Computer Engineering is desired. Experience with embedded real-time and multi-threaded applications and the agile software management process is preferred. Proficiency in C, C++, Windows, and Linux is required. Prior experience managing a team or teams to develop software products is critical. You should be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of software engineering principles, practices, and procedures and to train lower level staff in same.

Personal attributes include: Strong communication skills, both oral and written; excellent interpersonal skills; excellent time management skills; the ability to present ideas, concepts, and instructions in a clear manner; and the ability to work equally well independently or as part of a team. You should be able to use appropriate strategies to resolve conflict in order to build consensus and cooperation and be able to anticipate and address problems appropriately. You will be expected to expand your knowledge of best practices and incorporate best practices into all work assignments and procedures.

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. This is a one-year, fixed-term renewable appointment.

U.S. Citizenship is required for employment at ARL