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Applied Research Lab-COE Joint Faculty Hire in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The College of Engineering and the Applied Research Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania are pleased to invite applications for one or more joint faculty positions. Applicants should have extensive records of building large-scale collaborative partnerships and programs among academia, governmental agencies, industry, and research institutions. Applicants should also have qualifications appropriate for an appointment as a tenured Associate Professor or Professor in the College of Engineering.

The College of Engineering houses nearly 350 tenure-line faculty spread across thirteen departments. The College educates diverse students consisting of 10000 undergraduates and 2000 graduate students. All ranked undergraduate and graduate programs are ranked in the top forty in the United States. The College of Engineering was recently ranked sixteenth in the United States in the US News and World Report Global rankings.

The Applied Research Laboratory is one of five U.S. Navy and one of fourteen Department of Defense University Affiliated Research Centers. With over 1200 full-time employees and 200 student employees, the Laboratory is the nation’s second largest University Affiliated Research Center. The Laboratory’s core research interests are focused in four areas: undersea systems; fluid dynamics and acoustics; advanced materials and manufacturing systems; and communications and information systems.

The Laboratory is an independent unit of the University but is collocated on the campus at University Park. The Laboratory enjoys a collaborative relationship with the College of Engineering. One of the goals of the Laboratory is to connect the fundamental research of the University to applied solutions for the Laboratory’s government sponsors and corresponding industrial partners. One purpose of this joint faculty position is to strengthen that bridge by conducting research that spans the full spectrum of Department of Defense Research and Development activities.

It is expected that any successful candidate will spend about fifty percent of their time each year within the College of Engineering and fifty percent at the Applied Research Laboratory. The College and the Laboratory recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding governing this unique position. A candidate-unique agreement will be signed by both organizations relative to specific requirements and expectations. It is anticipated that this faculty position will reside in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science within the College of Engineering and the Communications, Navigation and Information Office within the Applied Research Laboratory.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a field related to one of the following technical areas that are of interest to both the College of Engineering and the Applied Research Laboratory:

Wireless Communications: Expertise in emerging communication technologies, advanced algorithm and software design, interface experience with existing and future hardware and associated interfaces, integration with software defined radio hardware/software components, and evaluation and development of security protocols. Ideal candidate will have domain knowledge in one or more of the following areas: 4G/5G/6G protocols, classical and quantum information theory, statistical signal processing, applied AI and machine learning, IoT, and sensor networks.

Quantum Science and Engineering: Expertise in quantum computing and utilization of superconducting qubits, quantum simulation and emulation of quantum systems, trapped ions, cold atoms, quantum networking with microwave and optical photons, and NV centers. In addition, expertise in precision quantum sensing and metrology using cold atoms, ions, quantum defect centers, and non-classical states of light with application to magnetic sensing, inertial measurement, precision clocks, and microscopy is needed. Ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge and experimental experience in at least one of the above research areas, as well as having vertically integrated research efforts spanning control, error mitigation methods, hardware, software architecture, and algorithm design.

Cyber Applications: Expertise in secure quantum communications, secure communications for space, cyber autonomy and automation, IoT, cyber physical security, data privacy and user data control, and applied AI and machine learning. Ideal candidate will have domain knowledge in cyber law and ethics, national security and cyber policies, secure software engineering, human factors engineering, big data analytics, offensive and defensive cyber, wireless, wired, and storage cyber, trusted foundries, advanced manufacturing, and sustainable manufacturing.

Applicants should have an excellent sustained record of obtaining defense-related research funding and preferably a strong track record of teaching and advising graduate students. The successful candidates are expected to teach courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels, develop an internationally-recognized, externally-funded research program, and contribute to the operation and promotion of the department, college, university, and profession through service. Appointments will be made at a rank commensurate with experience.

To apply, submit a single pdf file containing: a cover letter; the names and addresses of four references; a full curriculum vitae containing a complete list of publications; separate statements regarding research interests, teaching philosophy, and commitment to diversity and inclusion; and 3 published journal papers. Review of applicants will begin on January 1, 2022, and will continue until the positions are filled. Inquiries can be sent to Dr. Thomas La Porta, Director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (

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. Penn State strives to build a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment for students, staff, and faculty. Both the College of Engineering and the Applied Research Laboratory rely on the expertise, sensitivity, and commitment of an inclusive faculty to enhance diversity, seek equity, and create a welcoming environment within our community. Successful candidates will have demonstrated active involvement in activities aimed at nurturing a learning and working environment that respects differences in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation. In welcoming every candidate, we strive to meet the needs of professional families by actively assisting with partner-placement needs.

Candidates selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must be U.S. citizens. Candidates selected must acknowledge the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.

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