EO/IR Systems Engineer

Introduction: The Electro-Optical/Infrared Seekers and Sensor Systems Group of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is seeking a highly skilled and motivated individual to join our team of scientists and engineers. Our staff supports programs for the Missile Defense Agency, the Navy and other defense sponsors.

Job Summary: Apply knowledge of Electro-Optical and Infrared (EO/IR) systems to analyze, model, simulate and develop sensors and seekers, and assess their impact on overall weapon system performance.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

  • Participate or lead trade studies for current or proposed EO/IR sensor systems. (25%)
  • Develop or modify EO/IR sensor models and provide guidance to software developers that implement models. (25%)
  • Assess components of EO/IR systems, such as focal plane arrays, optics and cryogenic coolers to understand drivers and trades in system performance. (25%)
  • Assist test engineers in developing or characterizing optical test equipment for use in IR seeker hardware-in-the-loop simulations. (20%)
  • Participate in or propose internal research and development projects that address performance gaps in current or proposed future weapon systems. (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:

  • MS degree in Engineering, Optics, Physics, Mathematics or related field.
  • Five or more years of experience performing analysis, modeling, simulation, test or design of EO/IR systems.
  • Experience with simulation tools such as MATLAB and off-the-shelf optical design packages such as Zemax, Code V, or FRED.
  • Effective oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to obtain a SECRET clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in Engineering, Optics, Physics, Mathematics or related field.
  • Highly versatile to leverage expertise on problems across many program areas, and work well individually or in a teaming environment.
  • Ability to seek or create new opportunities for the group.
  • Current SECRET (or above) clearance.

Special Working Conditions (travel, working in closed areas, extended hours): Type special working conditions here.

Security: [Delete if clearance is not required] 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: [Delete for internal posting] 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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