Advanced System Concepts and Development Engineer

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 Advanced Systems Concepts and Development Engineer.

Job Summary: The candidate will be responsible for technical analysis, prototyping, and field-test demonstrations of advanced electronic systems for the Navy and other DoD sponsors. These systems may include advanced radar concept demonstrations, electronic warfare (EW) systems, geolocation technology, or Position Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The candidate will be expected to learn and master unfamiliar concepts and eventually lead a team of engineers to perform feasibility assessments, capabilities assessments, and/or provide proof-of-concept demonstrations.


  • Analytical analysis for system design specifications and testing results (30%)
  • Work with other engineers to design, prototype, and field test hardware for applications in air surveillance, geolocation, PNT, or UAV systems. (30%)
  • Develop and implement new concepts for radar, EW, digital radio frequency memory (DRFM), distributed sensing. (30%)
  • Brief, document, and report on analysis and testing outcomes. (10%)

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: PhD in electrical engineering, computer science, physics, or a closely related discipline. Experience with hardware development, digital systems development, and laboratory testing with RF equipment. Additionally, the candidate must have a background that includes digital signal processing experience and have a strong desire to understand the underlying phenomena governing analysis.

Desired Qualifications: 2 years of relevant experience and working knowledge of digital hardware, digital signal processing, real-time systems, DRFM, software defined radios, and RF testing equipment. Expertise with several of the following tools: C, C , Python, Object-oriented programming, VHDL, Verilog, Matlab, Linux and the qualifications listed above.

Special Working Conditions: Periodically travel to government test ranges, working on field/flight testing.

Security: TS/SCI Clearance is required. 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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