Optical or Photonics 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 Optical Communications or Photonics Engineer.

Job Summary: Optical Communications or Photonics engineer to lead and participate in the design, development, and evaluation of novel prototype systems including optical, electrical and RF subsystems for applications in fiber optic and free-space optical communications and sensors. Formally document work in sponsor briefings and reports, academic journals, and conference presentations.

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

Research, develop, test, and conduct systems engineering activities of advanced prototype systems for defense applications. (40%)

1. Develop algorithms, models, simulations and/or software for concept evaluation, data analysis, experiment automation and/or subsystem control and testing (30%).

2. Support field integration and testing activities of prototype photonic and communication systems and sensors (15%).

3. Document results of development and testing. Provide both written documentation and oral presentations, including sponsor briefs, publication of conference proceedings, and journal articles (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:

  • B.S. degree in electrical engineering, optics, physics, or closely related field with 3 years of experience
  • Experience with fiber optics, communications systems, laser systems, adaptive optics systems and/or laser beam control systems
  • Experience with optical and RF test and measurement equipment and laboratory tools
  • Familiarity with Matlab, LabVIEW, C/C and/or Python
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to support travel for meetings or field tests locally and out-of-state
  • Ability to obtain and maintain Secret or higher clearance

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or M.S. degree with 3 years of experience in electrical engineering, optics, physics, or closely related field with
  • Experience with the design, development, integration, testing, and systems engineering of complex optical communication and sensor systems
  • Desire to contribute to the development of programs focusing on innovative fiber and free-space optical communications and sensors
  • Experience with complex data analysis, system modeling, experiment automation, algorithm development and/or software development in Matlab, Labview and/or C.
  • Top Secret or higher clearance

Special Working Conditions:

Occasional travel is required for meetings or field tests, some local, some out-of-state.

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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