ISR 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 ISR Systems Engineer.

Job Summary:

Lead and contribute to technical efforts for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), remote sensing applications.

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

1. Provide technical leadership and direction pertaining to the systems engineering, test and evaluation, and technology maturation of ISR sensor systems in the land, maritime, air and space domains for military and intelligence community customers. Perform operational concept development, technical investigations, modeling, performance analysis, planning, and verification and validation activities. Assure execution of tasks, and quality and timeliness of technical products through the application of best engineering practices. Lead and consult in the evaluation and procurement of software and hardware components in support of remote sensing systems development across the program. (75%)

2. Interact with sponsors, contractors, the APL Program Office, and other APL staff as appropriate to establish/maintain relationships and to ensure key contributions of interest to APL sponsors. Participate in group-level strategic business planning, new business development and internal research and development (IR&D) efforts. Work with the Group and Program Leadership to develop task assignments and staffing plans. (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. (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:

BS degree in engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, or related field and 7 years relevant ‘hands-on’ experience in the end-to-end systems engineering of ISR sensors. Civilian and/or military experience with ISR programs. Technical breadth in a wide variety of operational and technological areas with the flexibility to examine and analyze problems outside one’s core area of expertise. Ability to form strong trust-based relationships. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including comfort briefing to senior and large audiences. Ability to work under pressure and with tight deadlines. Strong organizational and planning skills, with a demonstrated ability to effectively lead and inspire high-performance teams of technical staff in solving complex problems. Current Secret clearance with an ability to obtain a Top Secret clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

MS in engineering, physics, or related field and 15 years of relevant experience. Recognized as an expert in electro-optical and ISR system design with demonstrated record of impact supporting ISR programs, including field testing and deployment of both developmental and operational ISR systems. Demonstrated ability to collaborate across the ISR community in technical and research activities, as evidenced by co-authorship of technical papers and presentations with authors from other organizations. Documented experience in interactions with senior leadership decision makers in USG. Current TS 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 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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