Chief Scientist, Systems Integration Branch

Job Summary: The A4 Systems Integration Branch is seeking a forward thinking, innovative technical visionary for the A4 Systems Integration Branch Chief Scientist position. The successful candidate should be a true thought leader that can develop and champion new science and technology (S&T) initiatives in the Branch. He/She will be instrumental in implementing Branch R&D strategy and developing highly motivated staff to lead winning S&T proposals, and the execution of S&T tasks as principal investigators.

1. Foster a culture of innovation. Maintain knowledge of the state-of-the-art in relevant technical fields, generate new ideas and identify potential new applications of relevant Branch tasks and capabilities. Attend technical conferences as needed to achieve the above. Communicate to Branch staff and across Sector of relevant advances in the field.

2. Be a key resource to the Branch by: (1) advising Branch and Group Supervisors on S&T trends, challenges, and opportunities; (2) providing expertise to address significant technical challenges; (3) representing the Branch at Sector, Mission Area, and Laboratory level S&T forums and meetings; (5) strengthening cross sector relationships and collaboration in S&T.

3. Initiate novel concepts and technology studies, write white papers and proposals, and secure internal and external funding. Be a go to resource to Branch staff in planning, developing and shaping IR&D and external proposals.

4. Be a key contributor in the development of the Branch VSE as it pertains to advanced research. Maintain awareness of the technical work aligned with Branch S&T strategy, and ensure adequate progress is being made.

5. Working closely with our Chief Engineer, program managers and other Branches, implement and maintain a Branch R&D Strategy that includes coordination of, and collaboration on, R&D activities to improve efficiency, effectiveness and transition to the warfighter.

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:
•Doctorate degree in science or engineering.
•Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in at least two of the following areas: directed energy, electronic warfare, IR/RF discrimination, artificial intelligence, data mining, big data analytics, deep learning, adaptive control, signal processing or advanced communication systems.
•Demonstrated ability to write competitive R & D proposals and lead research tasks.
•Proven effective mentoring skills and ability to work with and lead multidisciplinary teams.
•Demonstrated leadership skills and technical depth and breadth.
•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
•Peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.
•Ability to obtain a Secret level clearance.

Desired Qualifications:
•Detailed knowledge of the AMD Sector's programs, sponsors, and current/future engineering challenges. Current or prior APL line management experience.
•Active Secret clearance.

Security: 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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