Research and Development Engineer

Penn State

University Park, PA

Job posting number: #7081554

Posted: July 23, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The Vehicle Spectrum Dominance (VSD) Department within the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University is seeking candidates for a Research and Development Engineer, Level 4 based in Tampa, FL.

VSD is a newly formed department invested in the spectrum convergence missionspace. Our mission is to “Achieve and maintain superiority in full spectrum and cyberspace domains to deliver strategic and operational advantages to the warfighter, and defend and advance our national interests in the vehicle domain.”

Responsibilities of this position include:

Develop DTRA/CENTCOM model for collaborative threat-driven technical operations
Develop program management plans and program documents that satisfy stakeholder’s requirements and expectations; monitor and control program cost, schedule, performance, change control, and risk (technical, cost, schedule)
Recommend Technology and Research Areas based on current Operations Design and Execution within the National Special Mission Units and the Intelligence Community
Provide innovative counter WMD and Sensitive activities problem solving approaches to enhance organizational capabilities; use peer network to expand technical capabilities and identify new counter WMD and sensitive activities research opportunities.
Understand broad strategic objectives and contribute to them, nurture and maintain relationships with major counter WMD and sensitive activities customers/grantors of external research and developmental grant funding.
Travel per mission needs as required
Identify grant/project follow-on work and persuade Counter WMD and sensitive activities customers/grantors to fund; impact those customers' decisions and strategies. Make major contributions to Counter WMD and sensitive activities project proposals, plans and project execution. Have solid relationships with external Counter WMD and sensitive activities network.
Initiate new Counter WMD and sensitive activities project concepts and seek funding; develop technical proposals and make presentations to Counter WMD and sensitive activities customers/grant sponsors.
Provide technical leadership within the division for Counter WMD and sensitive activities programs. Make substantial contributions to determining feasibility of goals/objectives of moderate to large size and scope Counter WMD and sensitive activities projects. Explain benefits, limitations and impact of possibilities before recommending solutions to Counter WMD and sensitive activities problems. May evaluate proposed or ongoing Counter WMD and sensitive activities projects. Convert Counter WMD and sensitive activities concepts into programs. Develop and present project status reports for various audiences as necessary, including audiences outside the division.
Create opportunities to enhance technical Counter WMD and sensitive activities methodology or content through expansion of existing or development of new efforts; may extend technology into new application areas; contribute or lead in intellectual development activities related to Counter WMD and sensitive activities. Develop Counter WMD and sensitive activities concepts and methods to use in the design of systems.
Typically requires a Master's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline plus 10 or more years' related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Requirements of this position include:

Possess an active DoD TS/SCI clearance
20+ years DoD experience and demonstrated success with the following: Countering WMD, Sensitive Special Operations, Irregular Warfare, Joint/Interagency Operations, Campaign Operations Design and National Military Strategy.
10+ years experience with operations design and execution within the National Special Mission Units and the Intelligence Community.
Experience with SOCOM, CENTCOM, SOF, NSW and USCYBERCOM.
Extensive leadership experience in Counter-proliferation and NS.
Established relationships working with the Navy and DTRA.
Extensive knowledge and experience with National and Defense strategies, policy and authorities.
Excellent Interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills and prior experience successfully leading multi-agency teams.
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.

Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation. 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.



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