Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

RF Engineer

3+ months agoLaurel, MD

Do you have research and design experience in the RF engineering field?

Are you passionate about using innovation and technology to solve technical challenges involving the defense of the US?

If so, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

As a RF Engineer, you will...

Provide technical and team leadership for engineering efforts spanning (but not necessarily limited to) the Very Low Frequency through Ultra High Frequency RF bands including analysis of effects on propagation through various media (atmosphere, soil, and sea water). Develop and execute test campaigns for data collection, analysis, and results interpretation. Develop and lead internal and external research and development efforts.

  • Lead efforts for VLF through UHF investigations (encompassing both laboratory and field environments with the latter, at times, involving airborne and at-sea platforms) to include the development of methods of analysis
  • Lead/support efforts to collect signal data from communications equipment and assess the impacts of EMI and environmental factors. Provide recommendations for improving the operational performance of antenna and receiver systems.
  • Lead/support internally and externally funded research and development efforts to apply VLF/LF/HF propagation and atmospheric noise models to various (communications and other-than-communications) problem sets.
  • Provide written reports detailing results analysis
  • Provide formal and informal presentations of project efforts and results
  • Mentor junior engineers and provide training as necessary


You meet the minimum qualifications for this position if you have:

  • An MS in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or Engineering equivalent
  • Three or more years of theoretical or experimental experience with Very Low Frequency, Low Frequency, and/or High Frequency wave propagation and ionospheric physics (including antenna/receive systems)
  • Operational experience with standard laboratory test equipment (e.g., spectrum / waveform analyzers, radios, oscilloscopes, signal generators, etc.)
  • Strong analysis and communication skills
  • Experience with signal acquisition
  • Experience with analysis and modeling tools (e.g., MATLAB, LabView, Matematica, Origin, etc.)
  • The ability for occasional travel (field tests and sponsor briefs) (10-20 %)
  • Are able to obtain Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain Top Secret level clearance. If selected, you 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.
  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you have:

  • An PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or equivalent
  • Fifteen or more years of theoretical or experimental experience with Very Low Frequency, Low Frequency, and/or High Frequency wave propagation and ionospheric physics (including antenna/receive systems)
  • Previous field test experience
  • An active TS clearance

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. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at