Electrical Engineer

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Job Summary:

The Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems Development Group has an exciting opportunity for an entry-level/early career electrical engineer with a strong mathematical acumen who is motivated to make critical contributions to our nation's defense in the areas of phased array radars and target classification.

In this position, you will be working in the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) section in the development of computer simulations that model performance of advanced digital phased arrays along with their associated radar signal processing, data processing, and target classification performance. Our government sponsors depend on us to use these proprietary computer models to conceive, hypothesize, and validate the system architecture necessary to enable the next generation of air and missile defense sensors.

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

1. Develop modeling and simulation tools in the areas of phased array antennas, digital beamforming (fixed and adaptive), radar signal processing, and ballistic missile defense target classification. This work includes crafting new algorithms to efficiently carry out the necessary computations to assess system-level performance. Expand upon existing software tools to grow computational capabilities to address new problems and trade studies as the need presents itself. (60%)

2. Conduct trade studies for sponsor-based work in the areas of phased array radar, electronic warfare, and ballistic missile defense using existing and self-developed modeling and simulation tools. Formulate scientific approaches behind the studies and interpret the findings, together with documenting and presenting results. (40%)

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 Electrical Engineering
  • Strong MatLab coding skills
  • Coursework in the following areas: Signals and Systems (Fourier Analysis), Digital Signal Processing, Probability and Statistics, Vector Calculus, Electromagnetics
  • 1-3 years of experience in modeling and simulation of phased array antennas, digital beamforming (fixed and adaptive), radar signal processing, and statistical pattern recognition.
  • Ability to obtain a Secret Clearance

Desired Qualifications:
  • Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering with previous experience in digital signal processing for phased-array radars, ballistic missile defense radar signatures, and target classification
  • Some experience working in the field of radar and/or electronic warfare
  • Some basic antenna theory, stochastic signal processing, and pattern recognition theory
  • Active Secret Clearance

Security: Must be able to obtain an interim secret clearance prior to starting. 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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