Senior Radar System 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 a Radar and Combat System Engineer.

Job Summary: Provide life-cycle Radar and Combat Systems engineering support for in-service and advanced sensors in AEGIS, SSDS, and TSCE Combat Systems, focusing on sensor integration and Integrated Air and Missile Defense performance for Navy and MDA sponsors.

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

  1. Perform radar system analysis for in-service and advanced Navy and MDA systems to develop critical insights into Integrated Air and Missile Defense Systems capabilities, primarily using modeling and simulation (M&S). Develop Govt requirements and evaluate contractor designs. (25%)
  2. Interface with Air and Missile Defense Department Program Management and Navy and/or MDA sponsors, and contractors regarding radar performance analysis and system design issues. (25%)
  3. Develop new M&S capabilities for radar analysis for Air Defense, Ballistic Missile Defense, and Surface Warfare for both in-service and advanced systems for emergent threats and complex, operational littoral/EW environments. (20%)
  4. Support land-based and at-sea shipboard test & evaluation. Work with operational support communities such as NSMWDC to develop recommendations and guidance for radar setup and operations. (10%)
  5. Develop novel radar signal and data processing algorithms that could practically be integrated into contractor designs to solve challenging problems. (10%)
  6. Investigate physics-based phenomena affecting radar, EW, and communication systems. (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 in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or equivalent technical field with at least 5 years of systems engineering experience. Strong understanding of radars and/or physics-based phenomena affecting radar or communications systems. Good interpersonal and communication skills. Must have ability to obtain a Secret clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or equivalent technical field. Experience with Army, Navy and/or MDA radar and combat systems.

Special Working Conditions:Occasional opportunity to ride USN ships, APL research vessel, and work at US Navy testing sites around the country.

Security:Applicant selected must have at least an interim secret clearance and will be subject to a government security clearance investigation. Hires will eventually be required to gain a full secret clearance. 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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