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Autonomy Lead Engineer

Company: Penn State University
Location: University Park
Posted on: June 9, 2021

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The Tactical Processing Department in The Guidance and Control Technologies (GCT) Division of the Undersea Systems Office (USO) within the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking an Autonomy Lead Engineer to join our team.

The department's mission is to develop, analyze, and deliver tactical processing capabilities for the autonomous, intelligent control of undersea systems, and research new capabilities and designs for future autonomous systems.

The Tactical Processing Department is responsible for the research and development of architectures and algorithms for situational awareness, and autonomous decision making, and analyzing acoustic, sensor, and vehicle data for Science and Technology demonstrations as well as Engineering Development and In-Service weapons programs. It serves as the leading resource for the undersea systems community in situational awareness, guidance and control, and autonomous decision-making.

Technical and program leadership responsibilities include:

  • Providing technical expertise and direction through the development of outstanding research and engineering capabilities within the Tactical Processing Department.
  • Working with the USO leadership team to ensure rigorous execution, sound research and engineering practices, and the highest standards of technical work.
  • Developing and executing the strategic vision of undersea autonomy.
  • Working with the USO leadership team to ensure rigorous execution, sound research and engineering practices, and the highest standards of technical work.
  • Directing and/or participating in major proposal preparation and presentation.

This position may be filled by either a Research Faculty or Research and Development Engineer. As an Engineer, this job will be filled as a level 3, level 4, or level 5, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline (Master's degree preferred) plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Master's degree or a PhD is preferred.

Preferred experience includes:

  • Vehicle autonomy
  • Machine learning
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Deep learning
  • Intelligent control and fuzzy logic
  • Command and control systems
  • Undersea acoustics
  • An active security clearance

Requirements include:

  • Experience leading programs, managing people, and advancing autonomy concepts from research to application
  • A proven ability to obtain external funding for proposed research
  • Willingness and ability to travel to represent ongoing programs with sponsors and to develop new research initiatives
  • Broad experience across relevant defense and related U.S. Government domains
  • Experience with Navy, Department of Defense, and/or industry research funding activities
  • Good presentation skills for effective verbal and written communication.

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 perspective 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.

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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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