Real-time Computer Development Engineer


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 hardware test systems development engineer.

Job Summary:

Design and development of hardware-in-the-loop real-time systems. Develop high performance graphics rendering engine to create a synthetic test environment for ballistic missile interceptors. Perform hardware and software development for real-time systems.

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

Design, integrate and maintain a real-time infrared scene generator for use in a hardware-in-the-loop missile test system. (60%)

Assist with hardware and software design of new electro-optical technologies and systems. (40%)

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:

BS in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or a related field plus 4 years of experience. Strong proficiency with embedded software development using C and multi-FPGA logic. Experience with computer architecture concepts for the development of high-throughput, low-latency processing. Ability to take charge of projects, communicate technical details, and find innovative solutions. Strong interpersonal, organizational, written and oral communication skills. Some understanding of the physics behind rendering accurate images in the visible through the longwave infrared.

Desired Qualifications:

MS or PhD in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or a related field. Familiarity with GPU CUDA and custom graphics rendering engine programming. Experience with high-throughput, low-latency graphics rendering and image processing. Knowledge of video hardware interface (DVI and custom) design. Experience with PCI Express TLP-level interface and DMA logic design. Familiarity of high-performance custom communication processor design and microcode development. Application of CPU and chipset architectures for COTS multi-core 64-bit PC server platforms and server cluster development. Familiarity with infrared radiometry and resistive-array IR scene projectors. Experience developing new technologies and leading small teams of engineers. Experience working with hardware-in-the-loop test setups. Knowledge of infrared/electro-optical systems.

Special Working Conditions: Travel up to 10% in connection with system field testing and integration, and some additional local travel to meet with sponsors and contractors.

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. Ability to obtain a Secret clearance.

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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