Senior Neuroscientist

The Research & Exploratory Development Department (REDD) at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) recently stood-up a new technical group, the Intelligent Systems Group (ISG). The 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 machine learning, autonomy, applied neuroscience, and robotics. The ISG is seeking a Senior Neuroscientist.

Job Summary:

The Intelligent Systems Group within the Research and Exploratory Development Department is seeking a highly skilled and motivated senior neuroscientist to lead and/or support computational neuroscience research efforts in the areas of neural connectomics, deep learning, and image processing.


1) Utilize image processing and machine learning methods to process and analyze neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, and other neural data in order to understand essential elements of brain function that may be translated to neuromimetic learning algorithms. (35%)

2) Utilize and adapt data processing, deep learning and/or other methods in computer vision and machine learning to process and analyze various neural, image, audio, and video data sets for the development of discriminative and generative models. (25%)

3) Develop multi-scale models (cellular, circuit, higher architectures) of neural functionalities related to visual and auditory signal processing, learning, memory, and planning. Develop neuromimetic and alternative computing algorithms for solving complex signal processing problems. (20%)

5) Work with program office for reporting technical accomplishments and project deliverables, and to engage sponsor organizations for communicating capabilities and impact of research and develop concepts of operation with mission relevance. (10%)

6) Work with program office and technical staff to prepare scientific manuscripts and whitepapers summarizing results for conferences and peer review journals and for sponsor engagement. (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:

PhD in Neuroscience. Five years of demonstrated experience in analyzing and processing neuroanatomical and/or neurophysiological data, developing neural models, neuromimetic and machine learning algorithms, data processing and visualization, and utilization of signal processing tools such as Matlab, Python and C#/C /C. Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to articulate complex technical issues effectively and appropriately for a wide range of audiences.

Desired Qualifications:

Extensive experience in software programming, scripting (e.g. Matlab, Python) and neural modeling tools (e.g. NEURON, Brain). Expertise in the design, development and implementation of data and image processing algorithms/systems and visualization. Experience with human subjects testing. Broad experience in neuroscience and understanding of systems neuroscience. Strong publication record.

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government secret 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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