Signal Processing & Communications 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 exceptional Digital Signal Processing (DSP) / Communications Systems Engineer / Scientist.

Job Summary: The candidate will be responsible for rapidly designing, prototyping, developing and testing state-of-the-art algorithms related to Global Positioning System (GPS) and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) based signal tracking, advanced telemetry signal processing, signals of opportunity (SoOp) signal tracking, and synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) and radar (SAR) applications.


  • Develop advanced tracking and acquisition algorithms for field-acquired GPS/GNSS datasets (35%)
  • Develop software demodulation and detection algorithms for field-acquired telemetry datasets (35%)
  • Develop proof-of-concept algorithms for emerging signal processing and communications projects (15%)
  • Assist in the definition and execution of data acquisition field tests (10%)
  • Brief sponsor and project leadership on development and testing outcomes (5%).

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: BS degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, mathematics or a closely related discipline with at least 2 years of relevant experience. Strong understanding of digital signal processing and communication modulation techniques (CDMA, SOQPSK, PCM/FM, OFDM, etc.), to include experience performing one or more related to communication systems such as signal acquisition, demodulation, phase-locked loops, filtering and signal analyses. Demonstrated experience in software development with expertise with several of the following software tools: C , Matlab, Python, Boost C libraries, and distributed computing. Ability to clearly communicate ideas and results with co-workers, and effectively work in a team environment while multitasking across multiple projects.

Desired Qualifications: MS degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering or a closely related discipline. At least 4 years of experience working on digital signal processing and communication systems applications and software development.

Special Working Conditions: Some travel required.

Security: Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information up to the Secret level. Eligibility requirements include US 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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