Signal Processing 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 Signal Processing Researcher/Engineer.

Job Summary:
The candidate will be responsible for contributing to and leading technical efforts related to advanced electronic warfare systems. The candidate will be expected to learn and master unfamiliar concepts and lead a team of engineers to develop, analyze, prototype, and test concepts.


  1. Support and lead cutting edge technology developments for future advanced electronic warfare systems and concepts for a variety of sponsor communities. (60%)
  2. Work alongside engineers to develop software models and hardware in the loop systems to prototype and demonstrate advanced concepts. These demonstrations may include radars, passive sensing, and distributed EW systems. (25%)
  3. Document and report analysis, and present results to both internal and external audiences. (10%)
  4. Serve as a technical expert for staff of all experience levels. (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:
M.S. in Engineering or related discipline. More than 3 years of experience in signal processing for electronic warfare, radar, communications systems or other related areas. Experience with one or more of the following languages: Java, Python, Matlab, VHDL, C++ or equivalent. Desire and ability to lead technical teams, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to advise other technical staff. Active Secret Clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

PhD in Engineering or related discipline. More than 5 years of experience in signal processing for electronic warfare, radar or communications systems. Experience in several of the following areas: machine learning, autonomous systems, distributed systems, and pattern recognition. Experience developing software models to test and demonstrate algorithms and concepts. Proficiency in two or more of the following languages: Java, Python, Matlab, VHDL, C++ or equivalent. Demonstrated effective technical leadership, excellent communications skills and an ability to develop and mentor staff at all levels. Active Top Secret Clearance.

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel approximately 10% of staff members time.

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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