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Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Counter-ISRT Engineer

Laurel, MD


Do you have experience with novel, non-kinetic methods for creating an advantage in information warfare?

Would you like to apply your skills to the Department of Defense's most challenging technology development efforts facing our nation?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

The A4H Applied Technologies and Threat Engineering Group develops non-kinetic defensive strategies by combining a detailed understanding of adversary threat systems with advanced technologies (such as lasers). Our group is seeking a forward thinking, innovative non-kinetic systems engineer to propose and investigate multiple non-kinetic engagement strategies for defeating a wide range of potential threats to counter our adversary's Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Tracking (ISRT) capabilities. In this position you will apply your expertise in multiple non-kinetic areas (directed energy, electronic warfare, etc.) to evaluate the operational utility of these methods through software and hardware prototyping, explore the fundamental physics of these methods, and understand their impact on the threat.

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As a Counter-ISRT Engineer you will:

  • Design and develop new non-kinetic means for defending US forces by denying, degrading, and deceiving foreign ISRT systems.
  • Explore the full space from fundamental physics to tactical integration with end to end kill chains.
  • Explore the full range of non-kinetic engagements, to include lasers, high power microwave, electronic warfare, and other novel methods.
  • Create threat characterizations of advanced foreign systems to include sensors, communication networks, and battle management systems.
  • Interface with the intelligence community to ensure a strong working knowledge of available information on foreign system capabilities.
  • Work in conjunction with teams exploring non-kinetic integration with existing and future kill chains (sensors, combat systems, and other engagement methods) to ensure proposed methods have an operationally relevant employment concept.
  • Develop physics-based software simulations of both threat systems and blue system solutions at various levels of fidelity.
  • Provide your subject matter expertise to other teams exploring similar issues.
  • Participate in and contribute to a team environment that involves personnel with various academic backgrounds and experience levels.
  • Develop presentations and brief results of efforts to team members, management, and DoD sponsors.


You meet the minimum qualifications for this position if you have:

  • A Master's of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics or equivalent.
  • Five years demonstrated experience in technology areas such as lasers, RF systems, signal processing, and electronic warfare.
  • Experience with any of the following program languages: MATLAB, C, C++, or Python.
  • Experience with system prototyping via hardware or software
  • Experience working successfully in a team environment.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • A willingness to work a significant portion of the time in a closed area.
  • An ability to obtain a Secret level security 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:

  • A PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics or equivalent.
  • Experience with multiple of the following program languages: MATLAB, C, C++, or Python.
  • Experience in multiple non-kinetic technology areas such as lasers, RF systems, and electronic warfare.
  • Demonstrated testing experience, both laboratory and in the field.
  • Leadership experience leading small teams.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • An Active Top Secret/SCI 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_47760
Employment Type: Other