Electrical Engineer - Embedded Systems

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 an Electrical Engineer to perform embedded systems design and development.

Job Summary: Design, integrate, and test advanced embedded systems in a fast-paced, rapid-prototyping, development environment. Provide electronic system design, development, integration, testing, and leadership support to a wide range of electronic system development projects.


  • Develop system requirements and architectures; design, review, test, and debug of analog and digital electronics. (35%)
  • Microprocessor, DSP, FPGA, and embedded computer digital and firmware design, integration and test. (35%)
  • Specify, identify, and integrate commercial and custom components for the rapid development of electronic systems (10%)
  • Field test and support of advanced electronic systems. (10%)
  • Document system development, engineering analysis and testing consistent with quality requirements. Present information to review teams. (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: BS in Electrical, Computer Engineering or other related technical discipline with 2 years of relevant embedded system experience gained professionally or via academic pursuits. Knowledge of engineering principles regarding software, firmware, and circuit analysis. Appropriate attention-to-detail and quality practices. Self-motivated with the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment and communicate with other engineers, scientists, and technicians as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

Desired Qualifications: MS in Electrical or Computer Engineering with 4 to15 years of relevant experience to include; experience with Altium, Digital Signal Processing design, analysis with Matlab or equivalent, RF integration/analysis/design, Low-power, low-noise, and high-speed design techniques, and/or FPGA and firmware design. PC software development in C, C , Java, and/or Python. Computer or sensor networking.

Special Working Conditions: Local and long distance travel to field test and demonstration sites. Occasional expanded work hours to support test and delivery schedules.

Security: Top Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for an SSBI and access to classified information. Preference for current SSBI. 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 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, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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