Acoustic Concepts Developer

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC., is seeking an Acoustic Concepts Developer.

Job Summary: The Acoustics and Electromagnetics Group (KTY) is seeking an experienced underwater acoustic systems analyst/engineer to develop advanced acoustic system concepts, conduct system performance analysis, and lead project teams. Responsibilities include acoustic system concept development, analysis of real-world and exercise data, sensor system evaluation, sea test planning, performance modeling, and project leadership.


  1. Develop advanced sonar concepts and models of performance for new applications (30%)
  2. Lead small teams to evaluate sonar system performance (25%)
  3. Conduct data analysis and compare results with model predictions (25%)
  4. Document and present results (20%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.


Required Qualifications: Master's degree in Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or related discipline and a minimum of 3+ years of relevant experience with a concentration in acoustic systems development and evaluation. Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to work independently. Ability to develop software in MATLAB.

Desired Qualifications: PhD in Engineering, Physics, or Applied Mathematics. Demonstrated ability to lead project teams. Experience in communicating with all levels of staff and sponsors.

Special Working Conditions: Working in closed area facilities. Occasional travel to support meetings and participation in field test sites, which may include aboard civilian or Navy ships associated with experiment conduct.

Security: Top Secret clearance is required to perform essential functions of the job. Applicant selected 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.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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