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R&D Engineer Geospatial Sciences-Level 5

Penn State University

Job detailsJob TypeFull-timeFull Job Description

Join the Geospatial Analysis and Workflows (GAW) of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University! We are looking for Engineers, Scientists, and Software Developers and who are adaptable and inherently curious. We are a learning-centric organization that cultivates an environment where creative ideas and people thrive for the betterment of our national security mission. You will help lead our research efforts that have applications in defense, law enforcement, security, disaster relief, human geography, disaster preparedness, and first response.

You will:

Lead programs and teams, and be part of a highly collaborative leadership team
Lead collaborations 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
Lead the creation of 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
Design and integrate automated geospatial workflows into existing systems with rigorous testing and documentation
Grow your career and capabilities, plan and conduct applied research, provide technical guidance and oversight, lead large research efforts, report results, foster trusted relationships with sponsors, and advise on new and evolving technology and techniques

Minimally requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline plus 19 years related experience. A Masters degree or PhD is preferred .


Excellent team members, highly adaptable, highly curious, creative, lateral thinkers
Excel on highly collaborative leadership teams of peers
Actively curating and growing sponsor relationships
Very high communication skills within our domain areas.
Significant experience as a Principal Investigator on DoD/IC research programs, and demonstrated leadership capabilities, preferably on multiple programs
Participates in most sponsor-facing capabilities briefings
Authoring numerous whitepapers and coordinating multiple whitepaper contributions
Relevant experience in a field directly applicable or highly related to Geospatial Sciences, Engineering, or Computer Sciences
Adapt and learn new skills, to execute specific research projects, and to meet task deadlines and goals
Key technical leadership role on a program, understands all technical aspects of the program, creates tasking for other team members, and coordinates technical development activities.
Very active and committed to mentorship/training other team members, continuity planning, Division resource allocation and task planning, Division financial program execution
Experience with computer programming in one or more of the following: Python, R, Java, C++, or Matlab


Experience working within DoD/IC Analysis or Operational environments is highly regarded
Experience with Git, GUI development, open source scientific computation, GIS, computer vision, physics modeling, or machine learning tools is highly regarded

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.
This position will require successful completion of standard background checks.
Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. U.S. citizenship is required for the applicant.
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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