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Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Communications Research Engineer - Future Concepts

Laurel, MD


Do you have experience solving real world problems related to wireless communications and networking engineering?

Are you searching for meaningful work to solve critical communications challenges for the special operations and intelligence communities?

If so, we want you to join our team of motivated engineers and scientists working on a diverse set of evolving challenges!

We are seeking a dedicated engineer to join a hardworking team that loves solving problems and building capabilities that will transition to operational prototypes. Our team is committed to the mission and passionate about developing capabilities for specialized wired and wireless networks!

As a Communications Research Engineer, you will...

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  • Research new technologies and develop solutions to address evolving threats.
  • Have the opportunity to engage with sponsors to understand and tackle their toughest problems.
  • Work with technologies including, but not limited to wired, wireless (RF & optical), line-of-sight (LOS) and beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) links, SATCOM, IP networking, RF systems, protocols, software defined radio (SDR), stealth waveforms, 5G cellular and cognitive radio.


You meet the minimum qualifications for this position if you...

  • Possess a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or another technical discipline.
  • Have at least one year of experience in communications, signal processing or networks systems engineering.
  • Are proficient in communication theory and digital signal processing (DSP), with a solid foundational knowledge of, and experience with, the physical, data link, and media access layers of communication or networking systems.
  • Have experience in modeling and simulation of the physical layer with MATLAB, Python, or other languages.
  • Have a demonstrated strong teamwork and interpersonal skills, as well as excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain 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'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have at least five years experience in commercial and/or government communication and network systems engineering.
  • Have recent knowledge of DoD and/or intelligence community, sponsors, and programs.
  • Hold an active TS/SCI w/ Poly clearance.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at


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_51686
Employment Type: Other