Physicist / Electrical Engineer


Are you passionate about providing real impact to the country's toughest national security problems?

Are you searching for engaging work with an employer that prioritizes continual innovation?

Our team is looking to provide our country with groundbreaking capabilities that push the boundaries of sensor capabilities and data interpretation. To succeed, we need talented scientists and engineers! We are looking for individuals with curiosity, problem-solving skills, and a drive for learning! The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Job Summary:

The Tactical Intelligence Systems Group of the Asymmetric Operations Sector is looking for a Physicist, Geophysicist, or Electrical Engineer to develop inventive, cutting-edge prototype solutions to challenges in sensor development, electromagnetic phemonology interpretation and data analysis. This may involve:

  • Participating in design and execution of geophysical sensor field tests for data collection and sensor system demonstration. Processing and quantitatively analyzing data from multiple sensor modalities.
  • Collaborating with Laboratory, for-profit contractors, and sponsor teams to address critical sponsor needs
  • Surveying current academic and industry research for state-of-the-art capabilities in new sensor phenomenology and generating innovative ideas to benefit the country
  • Feature extraction and identification over large data sets to feed automated algorithm development
  • Effectively communicating results with non-expert audiences

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to benefit the country as part of a diverse and engaging team.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):
  1. Apply knowledge in electromagnetic theory, quantitative analysis, and signal processing to sensor solutions for challenges facing our sponsors. (30%)
  2. Work independently and on teams to engineer hardware and software solutions. (40%)
  3. Explore promising research and maintain/gain the technical edge required for projects. Share and develop new approaches and methods. (20%)
  4. Collaborate to document and support hardware design and software analytics, and clearly present status and results to internal and external stakeholders. (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:

B.S. degree in Physics, Geophysics, Mechanical / Electrical Engineering, or related technical field with five or more years of relevant professional experience. Understanding of and interest in applying electromagnetic wave theory to real world challenges. Knowledge of signal processing approaches. Programming experience. US citizenship, and ability to obtain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

M.S./Ph.D. degree in Physics, Geophysics, Mechanical / Electrical Engineering, or a related field. Understanding of common digital signal processing methods and approaches used to organize and analyze large data sets. Expertise with programming languages such as MATLAB, Lab VIEW, and C/C . Experience with design and optimization of embedded Linux systems. Experience with PCB design software such as Altium, Cadence/Allegro/OrCAD, or NI Multisim/Ultiboard. Experience with team-based development and testing of hardware/software products and demonstrated ability to lead development/research projects. Active or current Department of Defense security clearance.

Special Working Conditions: Some limited travel (up to 10%) to customer sites and field tests may be required. Occasional weekend and other after-hours work required to handle and/or complete critical project/work-related business needs.

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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