Software 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 Engineer.

Job Summary:

Participate in a technology rapid prototyping and fielding process that addresses critical military and law enforcement operational shortfalls and challenges. Current projects emphasize improvements to the integration, exploitation and dissemination of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) products via advancements in sensor data registration, object detection / tracking, multi-sensor integration and correlation, and data display. Work efforts will emphasize the research, design, implementation, fielding and evaluation of new algorithms & software for enhanced mission effectiveness.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

1. Research and understand mission requirements for operational shortfalls via a combination of analytical methods and field data collection and reduction efforts. Collaboratively determine root causes for operational shortfalls, and then design software solutions that address shortfalls for improved mission effectiveness. Assess different system hardware options.(20%)

2. System design and software implementation of proof-of-concept prototypes incorporating a variety of engineering disciplines: software development, project management, signal/video processing, pattern recognition, high-performance computing, applied mathematics, network/web services, and visualization. Implement test processes and laboratory bench-test prototype (60%)

3. Support field installation of prototype capabilities at military and law enforcement sites (aircraft, surface platforms, and ground command & control centers). Field efforts include data collection and reduction for prototype evaluation, operator training on prototype operations and maintenance, and further capability refinement. (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:

BS in EE, CS or related technical field. Four or more years of experience with complex software development and knowledge of C or Java in a Linux/Unix environment. Highly creative and interested in novel challenges. Self-starter able to work effectively in a demanding, multi-tasking environment.

Desired Qualifications:

MS in EE, CS or related technical field. Seven or more years of experience with complex software development or desire to build computer science/software development expertise to address cutting edge challenges. Strong ability to successfully apply educational background to real-world engineering problems. Interest and initiative to grow into a leadership position.

Special Working Conditions [Travel, working in closed areas, extended hours]: Periodic travel to operational field sites (aircraft, surface platforms, and ground command & control centers) in support of prototype deployment, training, and data collection efforts.

Security: Secret Clearance is required. 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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