Computational Electromagneticist

Introduction: 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 a physicist specializing in computational electromagnetics.

Job Summary: The Experimental & Computational Physics Group seeks a creative, highly skilled computational physicist specializing in electromagnetics to contribute toward a variety of projects, ranging from radar scattering & propagation to antenna system design & analysis to modeling cryogenic RF measurement systems. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise both in applying commercial software packages to unusual problems and in writing custom code for demanding requirements. The successful applicant will interact with diverse, interdisciplinary teams that include experimentalists and engineers, and will both contribute toward and lead research efforts.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

  • Develop original independent research and development by contributing high-quality ideas and effort toward creative computational solutions to challenging problems across disciplines. Currently, these disciplines include: wave propagation and scattering in complex media; wave interaction with biological bodies; signal processing methods for inverse problems with focus on brain source localization, and antenna system analysis and design. (50%)
  • Support existing programs through ideas and in-lab effort; contribute new insights into existing problems that suggest novel solutions that are responsive to APL and sponsor needs. (20%)
  • Communicate results to management, sponsors, and the scientific community through reports, presentations, peer-reviewed journal publications, and technical meetings. (20%)
  • Cultivate new programs by identifying emerging opportunities and challenges; apply new approaches to old problems and old approaches to new problems, write proposals for new funding. (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 physics or related field (e.g., electrical engineering, applied physics). Bachelors degree plus 5 years of experience or Masters degree plus 3 years of experience may be substituted for PhD or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated creative application of commercial software packages, such as COMSOL, FEKO, HFSS, etc.
  • Scientific programming with experience in at least one high-level language (e.g., C or C ) distributed and parallel computing (e.g., Open MPI, CUDA).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated initiative, motivation, flexibility, and experience working effectively in a team environment.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Record of significant contributions on team-oriented projects pursuing highly complex objectives.
  • Experience collaborating closely with experimentalists and engineers.
  • Experience conceiving of new projects and writing proposals.
  • Previous experience modeling electromagnetic interactions with biological systems (e.g., magnetoencephalography) or previous experience designing and modeling metamaterial-based devices.

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 www.jhuapl.edu.

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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