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Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Robotic Control Researcher

Laurel, MD


Are you passionate about pursuing groundbreaking research to solve today's greatest challenges in robotics?

Do you enjoy working on meaningful interdisciplinary problems?

Do you thrive in a collaborative and creative environment?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

We are seeking a highly motivated roboticist to team with us in taking Intelligent Systems from concept to reality. We are a multidisciplinary group of scientists and engineers focused on groundbreaking impacts in the areas of robotics, machine learning, and assured autonomy. As a Robotic Control Researcher, you will support research and development across the broad spectrum of robotics, with applications that strengthen national defense and address other critical challenges facing our nation, from space exploration to climate change.

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As a Robotic Control Researcher...

  • Your primary responsibility will be defining and developing new robotic systems and algorithmic solutions to address relevant challenges. Current research areas include robot trajectory planning, adaptive control, enhanced mobility, dexterous manipulation, and autonomous robot behaviors.
  • You will help provide technical vision for multidisciplinary research.
  • You will lead and collaborate on technical proposals to grow and define robotics research.
  • You will communicate research vision, results, and impact to sponsors and the broader scientific community through papers, presentations, and technical reports.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Have a Ph.D. in Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Physics, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field with a focus on robotics.
  • Have 7+ year experience in defining research problems and identifying possible solutions.
  • Have recent experience in some combination of the following programming languages and tools: C, C++, C#, Python, Java, JavaScript, Unity, Perception.
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to articulate complex technical issues effectively and appropriately for a wide range of audiences.
  • Are able to obtain a Secret level security 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.

You meet our desired qualifications if you...

  • Have experience in technical proposal writing.

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

About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Only by ensuring that everyone's voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

Client-provided location(s): Laurel, MD, USA
Job ID: hopkins-6941_52424
Employment Type: Other