Radar Modeling Simulation Analyst

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is seeking an Associate Radar Analyst to join a team that is creating innovative solutions to challenges facing the development of missile defense radar systems.

Our Mission is to evolve radar concepts and algorithms to support our Nation's warfighters. Through modeling, simulation and advanced analysis techniques, we strive for the highest level of insight possible on radar system capabilities, limitations and opportunities. Our solutions are grounded in a deep understanding of the problem space including radar phenomenology, state-of-the-art technologies and the associated uncertainties.

Position Summary: The Radar Modeling and Simulation Analyst will have the opportunity to support the development of high fidelity simulation of AN/SPY-1 ballistic missile defense radar (BMD), and possibly other US Navy and Missile Defense Agency BMD capable radars as follow-on work. Verify and validate these simulations to ensure their accuracy in predicting radar performance.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Perform verification and validation of high fidelity radar simulation by various means.
  • Evaluate results of APL simulation relative to both prime contractor simulation or tactically recorded radar data.
  • Develop an understanding of intended radar design, simulation code, and/or tactical code to determine correct radar behavior.
  • Debug/troubleshoot APL code to determine correctness relative to either intended radar design or radar specifications.
  • Communicate with prime contractor to clarify radar design intent and details.
  • Develop Matlab or Python scripts to simulate functions as needed to support analysis and troubleshooting.
  • Explore ways to enhance and improve the verification and validation process to facilitate efficient detection and resolution of issues.


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:
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Math, Physics, or equivalent with 1 years of experience in engineering, analysis, modeling and simulation.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong desire to make a difference.
  • Must have the ability to obtain an interim secret security clearance prior to starting


Desired Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Math, Physics or equivalent with three years experience in radar development and/or defense systems simulations.
  • Familiarity with missile defense radar analysis, systems, and models.
  • Demonstrated capability in validation or verification of complex software.
  • Experience with MATLAB, Python and Java.


Special Working Conditions: Some limited travel to Contractor and customer sites 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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