Senior High-Performance Computing Engineer

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking an experienced Computer Engineer interested in developing and applying new, leading-edge technology to RF, radio and EW challenges.

Job Summary: This senior level candidate will develop leading edge innovative systems & subsystems, with primary focus on the development of new concepts and software/hardware implementations for SDR applications including cognitive radio, cognitive EW, radar, digital beamforming, distributed sensing and machine learning. The ideal candidate will gain experience embedding statistical signal processing and machine learning algorithms into FPGA-based software-defined radios (SDR) and general purpose processors (GPP). Future RF systems will produce gigabyte-per-second amounts of data requiring innovative new approaches in real-time signal processing. Tasks also include the following systems engineering processes: system architecture development, performance metrics development, schedule, requirements development, and integration and test plan development.

Duties :

  1. Develop new concepts and prototypes for FPGA and C/C applications in communications, radar and EW including cognitive radio and digital array techniques.

  2. Lead interdisciplinary APL and sub-contractor teams in all aspects of system engineering from concept development through integration and test.

  3. Analyze emerging SDR technologies and applications, evaluate direction of the SDR industry and make recommendations to government and APL leadership.

  4. Work with APL staff and sub-contractors to put together cost, performance and schedule.

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 degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering with eight (8) or more years of experience directly related to FPGA technologies in at least one of the following areas: sensor systems, communications, EW, or radar systems

Demonstrated FPGA development experience on mid to large scale Xilinx (UltraScale, Virtex, Kintex) or Altera (Stratix, Arria) FPGAs.

Candidates must have senior level experience with digital simulation, place & route tools as well as thorough constraint creation via static timing analysis.

Embedded software development and implementations in C

Technical knowledge of SDR systems as demonstrated by relevant experience in two or more areas related to radio design including RF systems, digital signal processing, modems, FPGAs, software, and/or modeling Demonstrated leadership traits such as problem solving, interpersonal skills, and effective communications with experience in team leadership, project management, and/or as principle investigator

Demonstrated ability to work at a conceptual level with limited task definition/structure

Active Secret or Top clearance or ability to obtain one.

Desired Qualifications:

Experience with high-level synthesis of FPGAs using tools such as Matlab HDL Coder, OpenCL, Vivado-HLS, Quartus, Mentor HDL Designer

Experience with placing Linux on embedded systems, and cross-compilation

Experience with EW systems, cognitive radio, dynamic spectrum access and/or policy based radio architectures

Previous experience with Navy or other DoD programs

Special Working Conditions: Travel up to 10%.

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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