Computer Scientist - Autonomy

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 Computer Scientist with a focus on Autonomy.

Job Summary: The Strike Systems Engineering Group in the Force Projection Sector is seeking a highly skilled and motivated physicist, aeronautical or systems engineer or computer scientist who is well-versed in the state of the art of autonomy and control theory and optimization, interested in, and capable of, providing technical leadership for national efforts to develop sound options for delivering autonomous precision strike capabilities.


  • Provide technical direction of and guidance to Laboratory staff in the development of autonomous platforms and programs to support precision strike missions and capabilities. (70%)
  • Provide regular interface with government sponsors, industry partners, and key Laboratory program and technical staff on activities related to the development of autonomous systems. (15%)
  • Provide reviews of technical work in progress and the supporting presentations and written documents. (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: Ph.D. degree in Mathematics, Electrical or Systems Engineering, Computer Science or related field; experience interacting with senior leaders and 15 years of applicable experience with: autonomous systems (UAV, USV, UUV); robotics; control systems; good problem solving skills; strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to work and contribute in a team environment. Demonstrated ability to lead teams of technical professionals.

Desired Qualifications: Familiarity with DoD strike systems and platforms; system design and payload integration; prototype design and fabrication;

Special Working Conditions: Willingness to 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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