Imaging Systems Engineer


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 Imaging System Engineer.

Job Summary:

Contribute to technical efforts in the areas of imaging science and remote sensing systems.

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

  1. Contribute to technical efforts in the development of hardware and software for airborne and similar remote sensing systems from concept through the full life-cycle of development, test & evaluation to deployment. Assure execution of tasks, and quality and timeliness of technical products through the application of best engineering practices. (60%)

  2. Assist in the brainstorming and development of new initiatives/concepts in imaging and remote sensing through internal research and development (IR&D) efforts. (15%)

  3. Document technical contributions in internal memoranda/reports and conference/journal papers, as appropriate. Present findings and recommendations at appropriate internal and external forums. (25%)

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, physics, or related field with familiarity in the design and operating principles of optical imaging systems. Flexibility to examine and analyze problems outside one's core area of expertise. Self-motivated individual interested in working on cutting-edge remote sensing applications. Ability to conduct hands-on, electro-optical systems engineering including electrical, mechanical, and optical subsystem assembly and alignment, electro-optical test fixture development, systems troubleshooting, data collections, statistical analysis, and control and diagnostic software development. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Working familiarity with various programming languages and concepts. Ability to obtain a Secret Clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

MS degree in engineering, physics, or equivalent experience and 5 years relevant experience in remote sensing or closely-related field with application to military or intelligence community solutions, including analytical experience and technical breadth in a wide variety of operational and technological issues. Strong organizational and planning skills, with a demonstrated ability to effectively lead and inspire high-performance teams of technical staff in solving complex problems. Significant programming experience. Current Secret Clearance with an ability to obtain a Top Secret Clearance.

Special Working Conditions: Travel supporting meetings and work at contractor and government facilities required. Additional travel to system field testing sites up to many weeks in duration may be required.

Security: 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

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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