Surface Combatant Sonar Analyst

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC, is seeking a US Navy Surface Combatant Sonar Analyst.

Job Summary: Apply signal analysis skills in support of existing programs in the Force Projection Department. Conduct system evaluation efforts for passive and active Surface Combatant Sonar Systems. Evaluation efforts will be performed through detailed acoustic analysis of at-sea testing and deployment data. Provide feedback to sponsors and Fleet users of at-sea testing and real world deployment data.


  1. Conduct detailed acoustic analysis and event reconstruction of tactical sensor employment exercises. Plan data collection opportunities. (40%)
  2. Maintain strong skills in the employment and operations of Surface Combatant Sonar systems in preparation to support at-sea exercises. (25%)
  3. Participate in performance assessment (laboratory and at-sea) of algorithms and sonar systems using APL-developed analysis and metrics software. (30%)
  4. Prepare detailed briefings and reports documenting results. Brief results to peer groups, and sponsors. (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: Possess extensive background in sonar processing and analysis, ACINT Data Collection, event reconstruction and training associated with the detailed operational employment of Surface Warfare SONAR systems. Possess a detailed knowledge in sonar signal processing and system employment. Strong communication, writing and presentation skills. Active Secret or higher level clearance.

Desired Qualifications: Knowledgeable in acoustics and signal processing. Knowledgeable on operations and/or maintenance of SQQ-89A(V)15 system. Surface Warfare designated. Possess experience in evaluation of fleet sonar performance.

Special Working Conditions: Travel to include supporting underway Surface operations. Physically able to support at Sea Tests and Evaluations. Significant air travel may be required periodically .

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