Department Head - Advanced Technology

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A Department head position in the Advanced Technology (AT) Department in the Communications, Information, and Navigation Office (CINO) of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is now available. The AT Department focuses on the development of hardware and software electronic systems to provide advanced communication capabilities across multiple signal domains utilizing radio frequency (RF), electrical, fiber-optic, acoustic, and mechanical sensors in conjunction with state-of-the-art software defined radio (SDR) technologies. The AT Department Head is expected to develop, lead, and support the execution of interdisciplinary research and development programs utilizing advanced communication technologies. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: operation and management of the department, including the preparation and execution of department budgets, strategic planning, and staff and resource development and utilization. This job will be filled as a level 4 or level 5, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Travel is necessary and required.

Preferred experience in/with:
  • rapid prototyping of electronic systems
  • ability to network and collaborate with University faculty who are engaged in applied research
  • managing others

Required experience / skills include:
  • strong Systems Engineering background with a working knowledge across electrical, mechanical, computer, design for manufacturing, and materials engineering disciplines
  • excellent presentation, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • demonstrated track record of interdisciplinary research and development leading to successful technology transition

Education: Minimum requirements include a Master`s degree plus ten (10) years of experience for a level 4. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Masters or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering or Mechanical Engineering preferred.

Candidates 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 fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with an excellent possibility of re-funding.

Benefits of working for Penn State Applied Research Laboratory:
  • Generous time off program
  • Retirement Options
  • Employer contribution to health savings account (dependent on plan selected)
  • 75% off Penn State tuition for employee and family
  • Professional development and career advancement opportunities
  • World-class sporting, entertainment, cultural and arts events in community

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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