Communications Electronic Attack Test Engineer

Introduction: The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Communications Electronic Attack Test Engineer.

Job Summary: Provide RF engineering and communications systems engineering expertise to develop innovative methods and technologies in support of development and rapid transition of electronic warfare systems for communications countermeasures.


  • Support the application of RF engineering techniques and new technologies to the general problem of developing communications countermeasures systems, across the full development domain from concept development through deployment and operational use. (50%)
  • Analyze threat communication systems that are potential candidates for the application of communication countermeasures and determine the optimum approach to attacking these systems. Determine requirements for next generation communications countermeasures systems. (20%)
  • Participate in laboratory and open-air testing of communication countermeasures systems to verify system performance requirements to quantify operational performance against the threat. Attend test planning meetings and program status meetings. Participate in working groups to assess test methodologies, results and system performance. (15%)
  • Document RF engineering analysis, designs, and test results. Present results to government sponsors and industry partners. (15%)

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: BS degree in EE, Physics or related technical field with 1 to 3 years of RF engineering or communications systems engineering experience gained professionally or via academic pursuits. Must posses excellent inter-personal skills and be able to effectively communicate with working group team members in a laboratory environment. Strong verbal and writing skills. Must be a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision. Experience with a programming language such as Matlab or LabView. Ability to write code for the purpose of analyzing test results.

Desired Qualifications: MS degree in EE, Physics or related fields with 2 years of RF engineering and communications systems engineering experience. Experience with trade studies in the context of systems engineering and system conceptual design. In depth understanding of communication systems protocols. Understanding of RF system design, signal propagation, antenna design, and microcontroller design, common communication protocols, and electronic attack techniques. Working knowledge of commercial and military communications systems. Experience in evaluating, planning and executing developmental and operational test events.

Special Working Conditions: Local and global travel.

Security: Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information up to the Secret level. Eligibility requirements include US 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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