Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Senior Radar Systems Engineer

1 month agoLaurel, MD

We are seeking an experienced Radar Systems Engineer to contribute in evolving radar concepts and algorithms to provide the very best missile defense capabilities to our Nation's Warfighters. Our solutions are grounded in a deep understanding of the problem space including radar phenomenology, state-of-the-art technologies and the associated uncertainties and performance drivers.

If you are motivated by the prospect for continually honing your mastery of radar systems and applying your experience and talents in developing capabilities to outpace our adversaries and if you thrive in an environment that supports your desire for autonomy, this position may be for you.

Senior technical contributor to a highly capable, purposeful and collaborative team in algorithm research and development and modeling, simulation and analysis in a high performance computing environment. Subject matter includes radar detection and state estimation in challenging tracking environments, resource optimization, surveillance strategies, waveform development and optimization, feature extraction and classification, adaptive phased array and other radar technology and advanced analysis areas.

As a Senior Radar Systems Engineer, you will have the following responsibilities...

1. Lead analysis to understand capabilities and limitations of radar systems under highly variable operational conditions.

2 Lead research and development of realizable and affordable solutions to gaps and opportunities identified through modeling, simulation and analysis.

3. Provide insightful documentation on analysis findings and new concepts.

4. Provide technical mentorship to team members.

5. Interact with sponsors to understand program priorities and to share analysis findings and introduce new concepts.

6. Collaborate with prime contractors, technical representatives from other weapon system elements and FFRDC and UARC staff on end-to-end system integration.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Have a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related technical field
  • A minimum of 3 years experience in data analysis or electrical engineering
  • Aerospace, Hypersonics, Radar and RF background
  • Are challenge-driven, have curiosity in data science, numerical analysis, linear algebra, engineering statistics & probability, Random & stochastic processes.
  • Have familiarity with Python, MATLAB, MATLAB Toolboxes, and Microsoft Office products.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills and be able to effectively interact with sponsors, management, and working group team members in a fast-paced environment
  • Have strong verbal and writing skills. Independent self-starter; able to work with minimal direction
  • The ability to travel up to 5% of the time as needed
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret, clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a Secret level clearance. If selected, you 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.
  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have an M.S. in the fields listed above
  • Can manage and manipulate large data sets and utilize various machine learning techniques.
  • Have 2+ years' experience scripting and coding in a variety of languages, applying signal processing, ML, stochastic processes, AI, or related subject areas to algorithm development for radar domain problems for phased arrays, dense mediums, digital radar, multi-static radar.
  • Current Secret clearance with an ability to obtain higher-level clearances

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates. At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at