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Applied Research Laboratories Overview

Austin, TX
501 to 1000 employees
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ARL:UT is a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) and has a long history of excellence in the areas of sonar, GPS, and information science. Since 1945 our laboratories have been dedicated to improving national security through applications of acoustics, electromagnetics ... Read more

Mission: ARL:UT's research spans the spectrum from basic inquiries into the nature of signal and noise fields in acoustics and electromagnetics, to the development of prototype sonar systems for use by the US Navy, to cutting edge independent research such as 3-D ... Read more

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  • UT plans $40.4 million building to support research for Navy

    The University of Texas is poised to gain approval from its governing board for a $40.4 million building at its Applied Research Laboratories, where the projects include several arising from a major U.S.

  • UT Austin Scientists Help NASA With Global Ice-Measuring Satellite

    Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin (ARL:UT) is partnering with NASA on the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) mission set to launch Saturday, Sept. 15. ICESat-2 is a follow-on mission that will provide global elevation measurements, with a focus on the changes in the polar regions and the impact to sea-level rise.

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Applied Research Laboratories – Why Work For Us?



ARL:UT is home to some of the world’s most advanced research teams in the areas of acoustics, electromagnetics, and information sciences. Our sponsors include branches of the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, NIH, and agencies from the Intelligence Community.


ARL:UT offers relocation packages, exceptional benefits, staff education programs, and a casual work environment. Employees enjoy the added benefit of living in the dynamic city of Austin. The culture here supports a high quality of life and fosters creativity and innovation.


Research and development professionals make up the majority of ARL:UT's total staff of approximately 750, and opportunities exist for all degree-level candidates in aerospace, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering, as well as in computer science, physics, and mathematics.

Applied Research Laboratories, the University of Texas at Austin (ARL:UT), is a Department of Defense University-Affiliated Research Center (UARC).

Since 1945, ARL:UT has been engaged in sponsored research dedicated to improving our national security through applications of acoustics, electromagnetics, and information sciences.

As the largest and one of the oldest research units of the university and a member of the Vice President for Research portfolio, ARL:UT is highly engaged in the three traditional roles of a major university - research, education, and public service.

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    I have been working at Applied Research Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)


    Great work environment, very smart people, focus on engineering and prototyping systems, flexible work schedule, in north Austin, opportunity for field work/travel, focus on technology for national defense, competitive salaries, great variety of project work, involvement across disciplines, stability of funding, 13 paid holidays per year, sick time, plentiful vacation that accrues with longevity, TRS pension if you retire with ARL.


    Because of non-profit status, there are no bonuses.

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    Keep hiring great people, that is the lifeblood of the organization.

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    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Applied Research Laboratories (Austin, TX) in July 2016.


    I was seated with two people. They asked me questions ranging from my favorite math class, to the languages I know. It seems like this was the first time they really read through my resume.

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Applied Research Laboratories Awards & Accolades

  • The U.S. Navy has awarded Applied Research Laboratories at The University of Texas at Austin (ARL:UT) the largest research contract in the university’s history, DOD Award, 2017

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