Sonar Development 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 Sonar Development Engineer.

Job Summary: The Acoustics and Electromagnetics Group (KTY) seeks a highly motivated individual to develop and implement acoustic signal processing and analysis algorithms, conduct sonar system performance analysis, and assist with development of sonar systems. Specific experience in acoustic communication is desired. Position includes design and development of algorithms; analysis and evaluation of real world and exercise data; sea test planning; sensor system evaluation and performance modeling.


  1. Develop signal processing and analysis algorithms and models of performance for new applications (40%)
  2. Conduct signal processing/data analysis and compare results with model predictions (40%)
  3. Document and present results (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: Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Engineering, Ocean Engineering or related discipline and 3+ years of relevant experience with a concentration in acoustic signal processing and sonar systems development. Ability to design and develop software in MATLAB. Good oral and written communications skills. Ability to work independently.

Desired Qualifications: Master's degree or equivalent experience in sonar systems with MATLAB and C/C++ software development skills. Experience in acoustic communication algorithm applications. Experience in leading small teams.

Special Working Conditions: Working in closed area facilities. Occasional travel to support meetings and participation in field test sites, which may include aboard civilian or Navy ships associated with experiment conduct.

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