Postdoctoral Fellow


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 a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of Optics and Remote Sensing.

Job Summary:

Postdoctoral Fellow Candidate will perform leading research in the area of optics and remote sensing.

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

  • Design, develop, and contribute to research efforts for optical remote sensing, novel imaging and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems. (50%)
  • Extend the state-of-the-art in the area of optical remote sensing. (30%)
  • Develop and employ low size, weight, and power (SWaP) systems and methods for miniaturized remote sensing applications. (10%)
  • Preparation of funding proposals, documents, and reports, to include publishing and presenting in peer-reviewed journals and at relevant conferences. (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:

PhD in Engineering, Optics, Computer Vision, Imaging Science, Remote Sensing, or related discipline. Experience developing image/signal processing algorithms and hardware for remote sensing systems and applications. Research background in optical science and engineering (such as microscopy, holography, adaptive optics, spectroscopy, etc.). 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 and statistical analysis, and control and diagnostic software development.

Experience with test equipment such as oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, vibration sensing equipment and computer acquisition and analysis software, as well as analog and digital circuit design, signal processing and Fourier spectral analysis, probability and statistics, and computer vision.

Demonstrated ability to publish and communicate technical work in highly-regarded technical journals or other technical forums. The candidate is expected to be self-motivated and able to work collaboratively in a team environment with scientists and engineers representing a variety of different backgrounds, skills, and experience levels. Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to communicate technically-complex ideas to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.

Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

Prior experience with and expertise in SAR, spectroscopic and/or 3D/LIDAR systems desired. Experience in leading developmental teams (5 people) and writing proposals/whitepapers.

Special Working Conditions: This position may require occasional travel for technical meetings with sponsors, conferences, and field testing. Travel is not expected to be more than 5% of the time in any given month on a regular basis.

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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