Software Engineer - Computer Vision

Introduction: 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 Engineer - Computer Vision.

Job Summary: Perform software engineering and computer vision algorithm development on unmanned air, sea, and underwater vehicles. Perform full lifecycle software development in a small team environment. Duties would include concept development for unmanned vehicle applications, algorithm development, software engineering and field testing.


  1. Software and Algorithm development for computer vision, image processing, machine learning, and data fusion on unmanned air, ground, and sea platforms to enable navigation/sensing in challenging environments. (80%)
  2. Document algorithmic approaches, test results, prepare technical reports, present results, and demonstrate system capabilities to peer review groups, partners, working groups, and sponsors.(20%)

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 Computer Science, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering or other related technical discipline with 3 years of relevant experience to include a minimum of 1-2 years of prior Computer Vision and/or Machine Learning development experience. Experience in C/C++ software development and OpenCV. Team player with excellent written and oral skills. The ideal candidate will possess initiative, creativity, breadth of knowledge and a desire for continuous learning.

Desired Qualifications: M.S. in Computer Science, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering with at least 3-5 years of prior Computer Vision and/or Machine Learning development experience . Prior experience developing software for unmanned platforms. Experience in developing near-real-time software for embedded Linux platforms, C/C++, and OpenCV. Additionally, exposure to any or all of the following technologies is beneficial: CUDA, GPGPU computing, Caffe, MATLAB, Boost C++ libraries. Familiarity with embedded programming principles and algorithm optimization for resource-constrained platforms.

Special Working Conditions: Must be willing to travel approximately one week at a time (4 weeks/year) and participate in field testing.

Security: Secret Clearance is required to perform essential functions of job. 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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