Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RTD&E) 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 an RDT&E Engineer.

Job Summary:

The staff member will contribute to research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) of systems aimed at detecting, classifying, tracking, and mitigating physical threats to civilian and military targets from asymmetric warfare tactics (e.g. terrorism, insurgencies).

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

  1. Planning, execution, and documentation of laboratory and field tests to assess system performance and ascertain areas for improvement (50%)

  2. Identification, integration, and deployment of systems in laboratory and field environments (40%)

  3. Development of system requirements and concepts through sponsor and stakeholder interactions (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 Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Applied Physics, Applied Math, or closely related field with 1-3 years of professional experience. General knowledge of laboratory test planning, execution, and documentation. Experience with general purpose test equipment such as multimeters, oscilloscopes, and spectrum analyzers. Experience performing statistical data analysis using tools such as such as Excel or Matlab. Experience integrating wired and/or wireless sensor networks. Excellent organizational and communication (written and spoken) skills.

Desired Qualifications:

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Applied Physics, Applied Math, or closely related field with 3-5 years of professional experience. Experience with software development in C, C#, C , Java, and/or Python. Demonstrated experience planning, conducting, and documenting lab/field tests of screening systems for people, cargo, and/or vehicles. Demonstrated experience developing systems for threat detection, classification, and tracking (such as infrared, x-ray, LIDAR, RADAR, millimeter wave, terahertz, spectroscopic)

Special Working Conditions: Staff member may require occasional travel to CONUS sites for site surveys or field testing (up to 15%).

Security: Secret Clearance is required. 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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