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Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

2024 Graduate - Electrical Engineer - Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance

Laurel, MD


Are you passionate about embracing challenges and deploying solutions?

In the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) group, we engineer solutions from concept design to field deployment for our diverse set of government sponsors on rapid timelines. Our projects encompass a variety of domains (air, land, and sea) and technologies (passive sensing, imaging, communications, sonar, radar, etc.) for applications ranging from autonomous low power devices to uncrewed vehicles. Project teams are small and multidisciplinary -- all of our staff members have ownership over their work and collaborate closely across electrical, mechanical, and software design. Our senior staff are dedicated to mentoring junior staff to become engineers who can handle a wide variety of technical challenges. If you're looking to develop a diverse skillset, take ownership in your projects, and see them from concept through delivery, join us at KMR.

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We are seeking an entry level Electrical Engineer to join our dynamic and multidisciplinary team. You will develop solutions through the full embedded systems design process, from design conception to testing. Hardware design, algorithm development, and embedded firmware are some of the many opportunities for innovation available in this role. You will work across a variety of system architectures and have the flexibility to explore what interests you the most. Your work will play a crucial role in developing embedded systems that are deployed around the world.

As an Electrical Engineer you will...

  • Design and test custom mixed signal printed circuit boards.
  • Design and build automated testbeds including hardware-in-the-loop and software-in-the-loop to facilitate rigorous test and evaluation.
  • Develop and embed signal processing, communications, and controls algorithms.
  • Work within multi-disciplinary teams to integrate and test your designs in the lab and in the field.
  • Perform laboratory and field testing of systems to evaluate their performance and validate design concepts.
  • Collaborate to integrate systems into larger platforms or vehicles.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in both sensing and communication technologies in order to contribute to ongoing research and developmental efforts
  • Provide technical expertise and support to internal teams and external customers regarding system capabilities and limitations.
  • Document engineering processes, design specifications, and test results for internal and external use.

Relevant Skills/Interests

  • Digital Signal Processing
  • MATLAB/Simulink
  • Analog Circuit Design
  • LTSpice
  • PCB Design
  • Altium/KiCad
  • FPGA
  • VHDL
  • Microprocessors/microcontrollers
  • C/C++
  • Python/Java
  • RF
  • Communications
  • Controls
  • Signal Analysis


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Have a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related field.
  • Have interest in designing and implementing embedded systems.
  • Desire to work in a collaborative team environment.
  • Have strong multi-tasking and engineering/analytical skills with the ability to handle multiple priorities in a demanding, fast-paced environment.
  • Desire to travel to field test locations such as the desert, mountains, or ocean for up to 15% of your time.
  • Are able to acquire an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately acquire a Top Secret level clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

You will go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related field.
  • Have experience in designing and implementing embedded systems.
  • Have relevant internship experience related to your field of study.
  • Pursued technical projects and extracurricular activities outside of the classroom.
  • Experience with development and deployment of sensors and systems in field environments.
  • Possess an active Secret security clearance or higher.

About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Only by ensuring that everyone's voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

Client-provided location(s): Laurel, MD, USA
Job ID: hopkins-6941_54769
Employment Type: Other