Senior Communications Researcher

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), an independent, nonprofit national leader in technology research and development is seeking a creative Senior Communications Engineer. APL conducts essential research, development, prototyping, analysis, and systems engineering to address national security challenges. Our technical staff take pride in achieving practical, operationally sound solutions to complex challenges with a focus on innovation, game-changing capabilities, affordability, and timeliness. Join our team of scientists and engineers and make an impact on the future of defense research.

Job Summary: The Command, Control, and Communications Group (A4F) is looking for a highly capable, motivated, and enthusiastic individual with a strong technical background in communications to take on the role of Senior Digital Communications Research Engineer. The Research Engineer will help develop novel techniques for robust, extensible military communication networks and contribute cutting-edge research in signal processing and communication systems.


  1. Conduct and lead research and development of innovative solutions to solve complex challenges in the field of military communication networks and systems . Identify and apply appropriate mathematical models , methodologies , and algorithms for real - time information processing, adaptive signal processing, network resiliency, and error recover.
  2. Review and assess current communication systems to identify near-term improvement recommendations as well as long-term solutions leveraging novel technologies, architectures, methods, protocols, and networks.
  3. Share knowledge by documenting findings in papers , presentations , and technical reports . Provide findings to technical staff , management and government decision makers, and publish research findings in peer - reviewed journal articles.

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:
PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics or closely related field. Minimum of five years of demonstrated success in communications and network systems engineering. Hands-on experience with one or more of Python, MATLAB, Java, C/C++ and knowledge of object-oriented software principles. Creative problem solver with track record of generating innovative ideas. Ability to rapidly learn requirements of new domains and develop practical solutions to address emerging challenges. Ability to work effectively as a technical leader or as part of a multidisciplinary team. Excellent communication, technical, and analytical skills. Active SECRET clearance or ability to obtain INTERIM SECRET clearance.

Desired Qualifications:
Demonstrated successful leadership experience. Knowledge of DoD communications systems. Demonstrated success in writing research proposals and gaining science and technology funding. Active TOP SECRET and SCI clearances

Special Working Conditions: Travel (up to 10%) to local and remote Government and contractor facilities for meetings and reviews as necessary. Travel to support test events involving extended or evening hours, travel aboard ships and to field site activities.

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

Equal Employment Opportunity: The Johns Hopkins 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 orientation, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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