Surface Warfare Acoustic Intelligence Specialist

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 Surface Warfare Acoustic Intelligence Specialist.

Job Summary: Apply acoustic analysis skills to perform operational and employment evaluation efforts for Navy surface ship sonar/combat systems. Evaluation efforts will be performed through detailed acoustic analysis, event reconstruction, and feedback to sponsor and Fleet users of at-sea testing and real world deployment data.


  1. Conduct detailed acoustic analysis and event reconstruction of Navy surface ship sonar and combat system testing. Assess developmental and fleet Sonar/Combat Systems at the operational system. Capabilities assessed may include acoustic and visual detection, tracking, tactical control and/or tactical decision and technologies and system functions supporting the Fleet. (35%)
  2. Interface with system developers, and analysis team members to determine analysis methodology, appropriate measures of performance and data required to execute analysis. (35%)
  3. Participate in planning and testing at developer or Fleet facilities in support of assessment of Navy Surface Sonar and Combat Systems. (20%)
  4. Prepare detailed briefings on analysis methodology and results. Brief results to sponsors and external organizations. (10%)

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: Extensive background in LOFAR and pulsed active sonar, ACINT Data Collection, event reconstruction and training associated with the detailed operational employment of Surface Warfare sonar systems and/or Surveillance sonar systems. Detailed knowledge in sonar signal processing and system employment. Excellent written, verbal and briefing skills. Willingness to participate in off-site Field Testing and be physically able to support at-sea test and evaluation.

Desired Qualifications: NEC 0416 (ACINT Specialist) qualifications and be Surface Warfare designated. Experience in evaluation of Fleet sonar performance. Demonstrated leadership capability.

Special Working Conditions: Travel to include meetings (typically less than 3 days per month). System Field Testing typically requires several weeks (non-continuous) of travel annually to system integrator site. Must be medically cleared and capable for work and travel on Navy ships in order to support at-sea testing and evaluation.

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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