Robotics Research Engineer

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), is actively seeking a Robotics Research Engineer. JHU APL is a national leader in scientific research and development and is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.


The Research & Exploratory Development Department (REDD) at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) Intelligent Systems Group (ISG) is a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers focused on developing the next generation of intelligent systems for the U.S. Government. The current emphasis of the ISG is on robotics, machine learning, autonomy, and applied neuroscience. The ISG is seeking a multidisciplinary robotics research engineer with experience in research and development of novel robotics technologies

Job Summary:

The Intelligent Systems Group within the Research and Exploratory Development Department (REDD) is seeking a skilled and motivated Robotics Research Engineer who is interested in supporting a high energy, collaborative team that creates novel system concepts and rapid prototypes to address research questions and critical challenges for our sponsors. The candidate will contribute to multiple exciting projects helping to enhance the state of the art, such as advanced robotic end-effectors and manipulation systems, mobility in 2D and 3D space, robotic vision and perception, multi-sensor systems, control systems, and human-robot teaming. The candidate will work on and/or lead the research and development of robotics systems concepts, dynamic analysis, simulation and modeling, and defining test and evaluation criteria.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

1. Contributing to and/or leading applied research in areas such as dexterous manipulation, advanced mobility, computer vision, AI applied to robotics, neural networks for control, and other related topic areas. (40%)

2. Contributing to and/or leading technical teams in the development and integration of proof of concept prototype components to address the most challenging technical design issues. (30%)

3. Writing scientific manuscripts and whitepapers summarizing results for conferences and peer review. (20%)

4. Working with sponsor organizations to communicate impacts of research. (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:

  • MS or PhD Degree in Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent.
  • Experience working on or leading multidisciplinary engineering teams.
  • Experience with Autonomous vehicles, robot vision, dexterous manipulation, advanced mobility, AI applied to robotics, neural networks for control, and/or other related topic areas.
  • Experience with common robot frameworks and modeling tools such as ROS, Gazebo, and/or OpenCV.
  • Software engineering / programming experience.
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to articulate complex technical issues effectively and appropriately for a wide range of audiences.

Desired Qualifications:
  • PhD Degree in Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent.
  • Prior experience leading complex prototype development efforts that include mechanical, electrical and software design.


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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