Radar Seeker Software Engineer

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 Radar Seeker Software Engineer.

Job Summary: Develop high-fidelity, radar seeker software applications in support of studies and analyses of precision strike warfare systems. Tasks include requirements development, algorithm design and integration, verification and validation testing and other software engineering tasks, as needed.

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

  1. Develop high-fidelity, physics-based radar seeker software applications for engineering-level models and simulations. (40%)
  2. Integrate developed seeker applications into engineering-level models and simulations of the entire weapon system. (20%)
  3. Contribute to the development of modeling and simulation architectures and module interfaces representative of real weapon systems. (15%)
  4. Conduct software verification and validation (V&V) testing. In the course of V&V testing, find and fix software bugs in the seeker and other software applications. (15%)
  5. Document activities and results, prepare technical reports and present findings to peer review groups and sponsors. (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. in software engineering, computer science, or related technical discipline. Three years of experience in radar seeker algorithm development or related software development activities.
  • Fundamental knowledge of radar seeker operation.
  • Proficiency with one or more of the following programming languages: C++, Java or Python.
  • Experience with object oriented software development, modeling and simulation (M&S) applied to technical projects.
  • Capable of working effectively within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills.
  • Ability to obtain a Secret security clearance.

Desired Qualifications:
  • M.S. in computer science, software engineering, or related technical discipline with 6+ years of relevant software development experience.
  • Strong knowledge of radar signal processing, automatic target recognition & tracking and missile decision logic theory.
  • Experience in writing radar seeker algorithms for inclusion in six degree of freedom M&S tools including integration with target trackers; decision logic; and guidance, navigation and control subsystems.
  • Experience with V&V testing and documentation for large software projects.
  • Experience with software development in Linux OS environment and shell scripting.
  • Experience leading or desire to lead multi-disciplinary technical teams in the development of large software projects.
  • Active Secret security clearance.

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel by car and commercial aircraft to sponsor and contractor sites.

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a g overnment 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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