Software Defined Radio Electronic Warfare 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 Software Defined Radio Electronic Warfare Engineer

Job Summary: The candidate will be responsible for designing embedded and software defined radio (SDR) systems for applications in electronic warfare (EW), communications, and geolocation systems technology. The candidate must have an understanding of SDR programming and hardware.


  • Develop and implement software concepts for EW, digital radio frequency memory (DRFM), distributed sensing, cognitive radios. (50%)
  • Work with other engineers to determine and develop SDR software infrastructure in air surveillance and geolocation systems. (20%)
  • Deploy, integrate, and test the concepts/prototypes, working closely with the APL development team. (20%)
  • Analyze emerging SDR technologies and applications. Evaluate direction of the SDR industry and make recommendations to government and APL leadership. (5%)
  • Brief, document, and report on testing/integration 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 science, mathematics or a closely related discipline with at least 2 years of relevant experience, or a MS degree in these fields. An understanding of SDR technologies including analog and digital RF hardware, digital signal processing, data link networks, and real-time systems. Expertise with several of the following tools: C, C 11, Python, Boost C libraries, CUDA, computer networking, distributed computing, and Linux internals.

Desired Qualifications: MS degree in electrical engineering, computer science or a closely related discipline. 2 years of experience working as a software developer interfacing with hardware systems. Experience with SDR technology on military and/or commercial systems. Familiarity with GNUradio, VHDL, Verilog, USRP Hardware Driver (UHD), ZeroMQ, Qt, Matlab, python, as well as the tools listed above. Experience with Air Force, Navy, or other DoD programs.

Special Working Conditions: Some travel for field test and working in closed areas. Occassional irregular working hours.

Security: Top Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for an SSBI and access to classified information. Preference for current SSBI. 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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