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Embedded Systems Design Engineer

AT Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Embedded Systems Design Engineer

Laurel, MD


Do you love designing algorithms and developing on embedded systems to solve hard problems with real-world applications?

Are you eager to take initiative and work on projects across a diverse problem space, from high-reliability to rapid prototyping?

Do you want to work in an atmosphere where risk taking, innovation, and creativity are openly encouraged and sought out?

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

We are seeking an Embedded Systems Design Engineer to help us build innovative technology applications for the next generation of electronic warfare (EW) systems. Your work will contribute to ensuring the US and its allies dominate the RF spectrum. You 'll be joining our hardworking team of system engineers, algorithm developers, FPGA and embedded software engineers, and advanced EW technology enthusiasts who enjoy working together to craft creative solutions to complex challenges in addition to bringing real solutions from concept to prototyping.

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As an Embedded Systems Engineer, we will trust you to ...

  • Develop software and firmware for real-time embedded systems.
  • Implement digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms for various types of communication, data link, radar, and jamming signals.
  • Integrate embedded systems with EW payloads.
  • Apply Machine Learning (ML)/Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms for EW applications.
  • Test and demonstrate your work in field tests and lab demos.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you ...

  • Have a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or another related technical discipline.
  • Have experience with MATLAB, C/C++, Python, or similar programming languages.
  • Have relevant experience working with embedded systems and embedded programming.
  • Have general knowledge of embedded systems design with FPGAs.
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date, and can ultimately obtain a Secret level 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 Master's degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering.
  • Have at least seven years of relevant experience working with embedded systems and embedded programming.
  • Have experience with VHDL, Verilog, or other FPGA development languages.
  • Have experience in programming for Software Defined Radio (SDR).
  • Are experienced with high-speed FPGA design.
  • Are experienced with digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms.
  • Hold an active DoD Secret level clearance or higher.

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_48462
Employment Type: Other