Electronic Warfare Systems Prototyping Engineer

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 Electronic Warfare Systems Prototyping Engineer.

Job Summary: The candidate will be responsible for designing, prototyping, and testing various embedded software/hardware systems for applications in electronic warfare (EW), RADAR, and geolocation systems technology. These prototypes will include systems that utilize established technologies as well as systems that will provide the DoD with proof-of-concept demonstrations. Duties will include embedded systems software development, firmware development, software-defined radio testing, RF hardware testing, analog/digital electronics, etc. Ultimately, the candidate will work with a team of engineers whose goal is to integrate various sub-system of a prototype into a real-time system, perform laboratory/field/flight testing, assist in post-processing data analysis, and present the results to sponsors.


  • Work with other engineers to design, prototype, and field test hardware for applications in air surveillance and geolocation systems. (40%)
  • Develop and implement new concepts for EW, digital radio frequency memory (DRFM), distributed sensing. (30%)
  • Deploy, integrate, and test the concepts/prototypes, working closely with the sponsor or other project partners to ensure mission success. (20%)
  • Analyze emerging technologies and applications. (5%)
  • Brief, document, and report on testing/integration outcomes. (5%)

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, physics, or a closely related discipline with at least 1 year of relevant experience gained academically or professionally. Working knowledge of digital hardware, digital signal processing, data link networks, and real-time systems, and RF testing equipment. Expertise with several of the following tools: C, C , Python, Object-oriented programming, VHDL, Verilog, Matlab, and Linux.

Desired Qualifications: MS degree in electrical engineering, physics, or a closely related discipline. 5 years of experience with embedded systems development on military and/or commercial systems. Familiarity with flight testing, GNUradio, CUDA, Open CL, UHD, as well as the tools listed above. Experience with Air Force, Navy, or other DoD programs.

Special Working Conditions: Periodically travel to government test ranges, working on field/flight testing.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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