Software Developer

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Job Summary: The Electro-Optical/Infrared Seekers & Sensor Systems Group (A1F) of the Air and Missile Defense Sector (AMDS) is seeking an individual to assist in efficient handling of large volumes of telemetered data and help evolve current end-to-end processing capabilities for a variety of current and future applications, including missile flight tests, drones, and other platforms. A strong candidate would use their knowledge of software, hardware and image/signal processing to process data streams and maximize the value of telemetry; develop advanced software tools that can be combined with current capabilities to evaluate and improve telemetry quality; and modify these technologies to meet future needs.


(1) Assist in developing a suite of software tools for the pre-processing of telemetered data from a variety of target instrumentation sensors to enable high quality downstream data extraction and use.

(2) Support field test activities for telemetry data/image collection, processing and reporting.

(3) Documentation and presentation of analyzed data.

(4) Assist in development/deployment of capabilities for new DoD applications.

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:

B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics or equivalent. At least two years of experience with demonstrated software development skills in a relevant computer programming language (such as C ). Understanding the trade-offs between hardware and software. Excellent communication and teaming skills. Motivated self-starter and independent learner with strong problem solving abilities. Active SECRET or higher clearance or ability to obtain an interim Secret.

Desired Qualifications

M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics or equivalent. At least one year of experience with demonstrated software development skills in a relevant computer programming language (such as C ), with experience in lower-level, embedded programming methods. Experience with image processing algorithms. Hands-on experience developing control/acquisition software for optical systems with a keen understanding of the associated pointing and latency requirements. Experience with porting prototype code (such as MATLAB) to more efficient programming environments. Experience with GP/GPU and graphics software development. Demonstrated ability to envision and create novel solutions to technical challenges involving optical sensors and systems.

Special Working Conditions: Travel (25%) to field test sites including Hawaii, sometimes lasting 3-4 weeks at a time. Travel to support occasional meeting and reviews at DoD and contractor facilities.

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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