KMT-5 Section Supervisor (Autonomous Systems)

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.is seeking a Section Supervisor for the Autonomous Systems Section, KMT-5.

Job Summary: Lead the Ocean Systems and Engineering Group (KMT) Autonomous Systems Section (KMT-5). Provide technical leadership, career guidance, and resource management for a team of engineers working on autonomy software and unmanned vehicle programs. Perform autonomy algorithm development, project management, and business development activities for autonomy programs in the Force Projection Sector. Apply technology evaluation expertise in a trusted agent role for DoD unmanned system programs..


  • Contribute as both a leader and developer for autonomy software projects conducted in the group. Provide software engineering expertise in the design and development of autonomy algorithms for air, sea surface, and undersea platforms. Develop requirements, architectures, and performance verification strategies for complex autonomous systems. Provide thought leadership on technical tasks within the group assuring high quality and timely delivery of technical products. Participate in the initial concept development of technical solutions to autonomy problems including path planning, multi-vehicle control, and mission level autonomy. Develop technical requirements for autonomy software, perform technical performance trade studies, and conduct field experiments. Support and participate in project/program design reviews. (70%)
  • Work with program managers to expand the breadth of technical challenges and explore new areas to which the group could contribute. Support sponsor engagement and concept development, including the presentation of technical concepts to Navy sponsors. Assist or lead activities to acquire new work for the Group, which may include proposal writing and meetings with the potential sponsors. (15%)
  • Participate in overall group administration including performance reviews, staff development, hiring, and capital planning. Supervise, lead, and mentor staff. Define expectations, coach performance, conduct performance appraisals and evaluations, and provide professional development. Coordinate training, develop and maintain critical staff skills, ensure assignment of work to staff is consistent with staff development and project needs. Identify and develop key talent for future leadership roles. Communicate often and effectively with staff, other section supervisors, and the Group Supervisor. Effectively plan and manage all tasks within the section.(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:

  • BS in computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or equivalent with a minimum 5 years of experience in autonomy software development or a field applicable to this position.
  • Experience in unmanned vehicle systems and associated technologies.
  • Demonstrated success in systems design and development.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to work within the government infrastructure and take on leadership roles in a diverse environment of contractors, government, and user staff.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and briefing skills.

Desired Qualifications:

  • MS in computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or equivalent.
  • Leadership experience in transitioning autonomy research and development into fieldable US Navy Unmanned Systems.
  • Experience leading science and technology efforts for DoD sponsors such as DARPA and ONR.
  • Previous line management or project leadership experience.
  • Experience in the deployment of developmental systems on-board US Navy ships and unmanned vehicles.

Special Working Conditions: Some travel required to include meetings at sponsor facility within 30 miles of JHU/APL and to US Military facilities, including ships and submarines, located in the continental US.

Security: Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information up to the Secret level. 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 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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