Engineer/Physicist (remote sensing, physics-based modeling, and analysis)

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 Engineer/Physicist (remote sensing, signal processing, physics-based modeling and analysis) to work on problems of national importance as part of the Remote Sensing & Analysis section of the Oceanic, Atmospheric and Remote Sensing Sciences Group.

Job Summary: Analysis of remote sensing data, implementation and application of physics-based models, systems analysis and modeling, algorithm development, field test planning/execution, and completion of technology capability assessments in support of critical challenges for programs in the maritime domain. Opportunity to work with a group of dedicated professionals from a variety of technical backgrounds involved in all aspects of in-situ and remote sensing of oceanic and atmospheric phenomena. Projects span a wide range of technologies and include-end-to-end signature modeling measurements, signal processing, algorithm development and the analysis and interpretation of experimental data.


  1. Analyze data, evaluate current and potential system performance, and compare results with previous findings and model predictions. Develop physical understanding of phenomenology. (40%)
  2. Implement, refine, and use physics-based models to quantify expected technology performance bounds (20%)
  3. Develop and apply algorithms to exploit remote sensing data. (20%)
  4. Plan and participate in field tests. (5%)
  5. Communicate results effectively, in both written and oral form, to sponsors, peer organizations and applicable R&D communities. (15%)

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: Ph.D. in physics, electrical engineering, applied mathematics or related field or, alternatively, an M.S. in related technical discipline coupled with at least 4 years of relevant work experience and demonstrated research capabilities. Knowledge of and experience in signal processing and data analysis. Well developed computer programming skills applicable to scientific analysis (e.g., MATLAB, PYTHON, FORTRAN).

Desired Qualifications:Experience with radar and/or EO remote sensing systems. Experience with NTM systems and associated infrastructure. Active Top Secret or higher level clearance.

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel and field tests.

Security:Eligibility for TS/SCI Clearance w/ Poly is required to perform the essential functions of the job. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for an SSBI and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. Must also be eligible for a Polygraph examination. 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

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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