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R&D Engineer Geospatial Sciences Level 1-2

Penn State University

Job detailsJob TypeFull-timeFull Job Description

The Geospatial, Imaging, and Data Sciences Division (GIDS) of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) Penn State University seek Engineers, Scientists, and Software Developers who are adaptable and inherently curious, to actively participate in research efforts with application in defense, law enforcement, security, disaster relief, human geography, disaster preparedness, and first response. We are a learning-centric organization that cultivates an environment where creative ideas and people thrive for the advancement of our national security mission.

You will:

Collaborate with geospatial imagery analysts to understand and automate workflows and improve human processes to advance the discovery and modeling of associations, trends, patterns and system dynamics.
Create processes and algorithms to transform traditional GEOINT imagery and open source data into spatio-temporal information to better represent the most advanced understanding of world events, systems, and discrete entities.
Utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software (ArcGIS, QGIS) and libraries (geopandas, rasterio, etc.) for geospatial analysis, visualization, and insight.
Design and integrate automated geospatial workflows into existing systems with rigorous testing and documentation.
Grow your career and capabilities, plan and conduct applied research, receive technical and professional mentorship, contribute to large research efforts, report results, foster trusted relationships with sponsors, and advise on new and evolving technology and techniques.

This job will be filled as a level 1 or level 2 depending upon the successful candidate’s competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline plus two years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs.

Additional duties of a level 2 include:

Initiate or contribute data/analysis/design for use in technical reports, documents, proposals, or oral/written presentations, primarily related to Geospatial Science.
Perform tasks of a larger scope and lead specific tasks within the project scope.
Interpret and communicate information, ideas and instructions clearly and accurately both verbally and in written materials intended for distribution Incorporate sound principles of customer satisfaction in all work assignments and procedures.

Required experience :

Excellent team members, highly adaptable, highly curious, creative, lateral thinkers
Relevant experience in a field directly applicable or highly related to Geospatial Sciences, Engineering, or Computer Sciences
Ability to design geospatial algorithms, perform analysis, and design or apply meaningful metrics to measure results
Adapt and learn new skills, to execute specific research projects, and to meet task deadlines and goals
Experience with computer programming in one or more of the following: Python, R, Java, C++, or Matlab.
Applicants should have excellent communication skills, be dependable, responsive, curious, collaborative, and have high interpersonal skill

Preferred experience includes:

Git, GUI development, open source scientific computation, GIS, computer vision, physics modeling, or machine learning tools
Working within DoD/IC Analysis or Operational environments
Working on DoD/IC research and development programs

Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and standard background checks. You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply. Employment with the ARL will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.
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.


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 .

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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