Senior Engineer

The Advanced Concepts and Technologies Group (A3G) in the Combat Systems Branch of the Air and Missile Defense Sector (AMDS) is currently looking for a technical expert and experienced leader to take on the position of Senior Engineer. The ideal team member is creative, fluent in mathematics, eager and quick to learn new skills and techniques, and a practical problem-solver able to bring structure to a complex problem, select the right tools to solve it, and unite a technical team to help speed the solution.

In AMDS we pride ourselves on pushing our highly-skilled team members to grow, specialize, and experiment in their own individual areas of interest, and to bring that unique expertise to bear on the critical challenges facing our nation. Become part of this innovative team at the forefront of groundbreaking technology development and analysis.

Duties for the Senior Engineer may include:

  • Based off of sincere understanding of multiple organizations and sponsors, communicate project goals and processes in-depth with sponsors, managers, and other members of the APL community, including outlining the technical details of a given delivery
  • Lead and technically guide a small team (5-6 people) through a project from initial concept to final delivery
  • Create prototype algorithms. Efficiently apply existing tools to challenging new problems. Design solutions for novel and difficult problems by combining and extending existing techniques in novel ways. Integrate prototype algorithms with high-fidelity simulations. Analyze theoretical limits on algorithm performance and compare actual achieved performance to this standard using both simulated and real input
  • Identify and understand instances where existing techniques and algorithms used in fielded products and entrenched in the thinking of current practitioners are limiting the performance of the overall system. Maintain awareness of advances in the state-of-the-art in both algorithms and in the networking and computing systems that feed and execute them. Realize when technological change has created new opportunities and propose innovative new approaches that offer added value to our sponsors and their missions. Conduct exploratory implementation and analysis to establish the feasibility and confirm the utility of new ideas
  • Evaluate algorithm designs proposed to our sponsors by other organizations. Analyze expected and achieved performance, compare to theoretical limits and to results we have obtained with our own prototypes, and advise the sponsors on the suitability of the algorithms to the sponsor's mission and requirements.
  • Understand and work through problems related to decision logic algorithms, radars, signal processing and tracking
  • Interact and engage with sponsors and other external organizations

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a national leader in scientific research and development. In that spirit, A3G is looking to cultivate and encourage today's most innovative, ambitious, dedicated thinkers to propose new technologies and provide solutions for next-generation problems. With a vast network of cutting-edge technology and resources—and a laboratory full of brilliant minds—we invite you to apply for this competitive and rewarding position and to seize the opportunity to impact the world in which we live.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related field
  • Five or more years of relevant experience
  • Leadership acumen
  • Technical depth and knowledge of algorithm development
  • Technical depth and understanding of sensors, radar, signal processing, and tracking
  • Previous experience with, and understanding of, decision logic algorithms
  • Ability to quickly understand and build relationships with multiple organizations and sponsors
  • Fluency in programming and data analysis in MATLAB

Desired Qualifications:

  • High-fidelity threat modeling knowledge and techniques
  • Understanding of data analysis techniques
  • Fluency in a wide variety of programming languages, including MATLAB, C , Python, and Java, on both Linux and Windows platforms. Mastery of advanced language features such as object-oriented programming
  • Capability to design algorithms for parallelization. Competence with parallel computation techniques and tools, including POSIX and Windows multi-threaded programming
  • Excellent software engineering skills, including proficiency with both centralized and distributed version control systems, build systems and tool chains, issue trackers, and code review and documentation tools
  • Some knowledge of RF signals
  • Some knowledge of guidance and navigation

Special Working Conditions: May require occasional travel. 10% travel, typically in the Washington DC area, is possible

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: 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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