RF Electrical 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.

Job Summary:

Design, develop, and test RF, microwave, mm-wave, and digital systems that support analog and digital photonic systems. Conduct analysis of relevant data and participate in system design activities. Formally document work in sponsor briefings and reports, academic journals, and conference presentations.


1. Design and develop electrical systems hardware based on components such as amplifiers, mixers, microcontrollers, lasers, modulators, photodiodes, and passive components (30%).

2. Support evaluation of optical, electrical, and RF hardware through benchtop testing using optical test equipment, bit error rate tester, spectrum analyzer, network analyzer, and other test equipment (35%).

3. Design prototype systems and conduct critical experiments (20%).

4. Develop and document formal and informal requirements to support design and test activity (5%).

5. Develop test plans to verify performance against requirements (5%)

6. Document work in formal and informal technical reports, including presentations, conference proceedings, and journal articles (5%)

    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. degree in electrical engineering, physics, optics or closely related field with 3+ years of experience in engineering
    • Experience with optical and microwave test and measurement equipment
    • Familiarity with MATLAB and LabVIEW
    • Desire to contribute to development programs focusing on innovative optical/RF subsystems
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
    • Active Secret or ability to obtain one.

    Desired Qualifications:
    • M.S. or Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering, physics, optics, or closely related field with 1+ years of experience
    • Experience with radio over fiber systems, photonic analog-to-digital conversion, and/or mode-locked lasers
    • Experience modeling optical systems in MATLAB
    • Experience with signal processing algorithms

    Special Working Conditions: Willingness to travel up to 20%.
    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.

    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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