Radar Signal Processing Engineer

    • Laurel, MD

The Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems Development Group has an exciting opportunity for a radar signal processing engineer with a strong mathematical background, who is motivated to make critical contributions to our nation's defense in the area of phased array radars as applied to air and missile defense.

In this position, you will be working in the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Section in the development of modeling and simulations (M&S) tools that evaluate performance of advanced digital phased arrays along with their associated radar signal and detection processing algorithms. Our government sponsors depend on us to use these proprietary computer models to conceive, test, and validate the signal processing and phased array architectures necessary for enabling the next generation of air and missile defense sensors.


1. Develop M&S tools in the areas of phased array antennas, digital beamforming (both fixed and adaptive), and radar signal processing. This work includes devising new algorithms to efficiently perform the necessary computations for assessing system-level performance. Expand upon existing software tools to grow simulation capabilities to address new problems and trade studies as the need presents itself.

2. Conduct trade studies for sponsor-based work in the areas of phased array radar and electronic protection, using existing, organically-developed M&S tools. Formulate the scientific approach behind the study and interpret the findings, together with documenting and presenting results.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you have

  • Master's of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in signal processing, communications, or control/linear system theory
  • Strong MATLAB programming skills
  • Coursework in Fourier analysis, statistical signal processing, detection and estimation theory, and linear algebra
  • Minimum 3 years experience in modeling and simulation of phased array antenna, digital beamforming (fixed and adaptive), and radar signal processing.
  • Ability to obtain a Secret clearance

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...
  • Strong knowledge of antenna electromagnetic theory
  • Familiarity with space-time adaptive processing (STAP) principles and algorithms
  • Experience in Python and C/C programming

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities atwww.jhuapl.edu/careers.

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


APL brings research applications to life in the space science, asymmetric operations, force projection, and air and missile defense categories, pioneering solutions to push scientific boundaries.

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