Embedded Software 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:

Design and develop embedded software applications for use in novel RF communications and signals exploitation devices and systems for the intelligence community.


  1. Work closely with signal processing and communications engineers to develop novel embedded software applications used for data acquisition and control associated with advanced RF exploitation and communication technologies. Implement current and assist in developing new communication protocols for cross-platform processing. (60%)

  2. Participate in field evaluation of applications. Rapidly modify software according to test results and in response to emergent technical and operational requirements. (20%)

  3. Develop and document formal and informal software requirements and specifications from written high-level specifications and simulations of operational algorithms to support development and testing. Develop test plans and write test cases to verify the correct operations of the software against the software requirements. (10%)

  4. Document work in formal technical reports and informal memoranda. Present work to sponsors and the technical community. (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:

Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, physics, math, computer engineering, computer science or equivalent. Strong oral and written communication skills. Good organizational skills. Demonstrated experience in coding C/C in an embedded environment. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work independently, and demonstrated ability to work as part of a multi-organizational team.

Desired Qualifications:

Familiarity in designing and developing real time embedded software programs to run in 8051, PIC, ARM, or similar micro-controller architectures. Familiarity with basic RF communications, control, and digital signal processing concepts. Willingness to work on quick-reaction projects in support of the sponsor's operational requirements. Ability to code embedded device drivers using electronic schematics and vendor datasheets. Competent in verifying embedded programs using standard lab tools such as oscilloscopes, multi-meters, signal generators, spectrum analyzers, protocol analyzer, etc. Familiarity with any of the following protocols: RS-232C, I2C, SPI, CAN, 802.11 family, Bluetooth, etc. Basic GUI and command line skills for working in Unix/Linux and Windows environments. Experience with any Real Time Operation Systems (RTOS) in an embedded environment a plus. Proficiency with any assembly language as well as high level programming languages such as Java, .NET C#, and scripting languages a plus. Familiarity with a hardware description language (Verilog, VHDL) a plus.

Special Working Conditions: Routine driving of APL vehicles. Limited travel required.

Security: Must be eligible for DOD clearance requirement investigation and/or CI polygraph. Preference for SSBI. 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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