Research Scientist / Engineer - Signal and Data Analysis

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 Research Scientist / Engineer.

Job Summary:

Recent violent attacks on civilians and military personnel by motivated individuals have demonstrated the need for improved detection of bad actors through improved sensor technology and advanced analytics. The staff member will leverage data from diverse assortments of sensors (e.g. EO/IR cameras, LIDAR imagers, RF scanners, etc.) to defend targets from physical threats such as firearms and explosives.


  • Explore and implement advanced algorithms that help collect, distribute, process, and visualize sensor data for improved physical security (60%)
  • Leverage advanced sensors and analytics to contribute to the development and implementation of prototype systems that improve our ability to detect, classify, and track physical threats using data from a diverse assortment of sensors (30%)
  • Develop system concepts for new projects 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:
  • PhD in Applied Physics, Applied Math, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or closely related field with 5-10 years of relevant professional experience
  • Experience with a range of signal processing and data analysis techniques including machine learning technologies
  • Experience with image and/or video analytic techniques
  • Proficient in techniques for data acquisition, signal processing, analysis, and visualization including software tools such as LabVIEW and Matlab
  • Excellent organizational and communication (written and spoken) skills
  • Active Secret clearance.

Desired Qualifications:
  • 10-15 years of professional experience in software development for wired and wireless sensor systems in security related applications
  • Strong knowledge in the fields of sensor physics including electromagnetics and/or optics
  • Proficient in programming in multiple languages such as C/C++, C#, Python, Java, and/or JavaScript programming
  • Experience in data storage, searching, and analysis techniques and proficient in database programming (SQL, MongoDB, or similar)
  • Experience managing small- to medium-sized technical projects with up to 10 contributors
Special Working Conditions:
Staff member may require occasional travel to CONUS sites for site surveys or field testing (up to 15%).


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.


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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