RF & EOIR Modeling and Simulation Engineer

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is currently seeking an early career Modeling and Simulation Engineer to join our Seeker and Information Processing Group within the Air and Missile Defense Sector.

Job Summary: This is an entry-level position that will offer the opportunity to develop medium to high fidelity models and simulations to assist in the analysis and assessment of air and missile defense seeker algorithms. Formulate physics based models and implement software that simulates the detection, tracking, discrimination and intercept assessment of missile threat engagements.


  1. Develop solutions to complex modeling challenges from proof-of-concept to current real-world and future air- and space-borne RF and EO/IR sensor representations.
  2. Develop and integrate real-time and/or event-driven models and algorithms representing current or future tactical system behavior.
  3. Research and consult with Subject Matter Experts to identify model and software requirements.
  4. Document design decisions, implementation details, and M&S results.
  5. Work with analysts to ensure proper use of the M&S and interpretation of results.
  6. Work with team members to investigate and resolve critical issues.

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:
  • M.S. degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, or comparable program.
  • 0-2 years of relative experience and/or coursework
  • Experience programming in C++ and Matlab.
  • Experience in M&S or equivalent software engineering activities.
  • Experience utilizing configuration management tools and Linux operating systems.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to understand and debug legacy code.
  • Ability to obtain a DoD Secret level clearance prior to starting.

Desired Qualifications:
  • PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, or comparable program..
  • 3+ years of experience with C++ in a Linux environment and using Matlab to analyze results.
  • Experience with Navy or DoD tactical systems.
  • Broad knowledge of software development methodologies, best practices, and tools.

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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