Surface Warfare Sonar Systems 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 candidates with domain area knowledge in surface warfare operations and combat system operator-machine interfaces.

Job Summary: Provide liaison support for the Operator Machine Interface (OMI) Working Group within the Navy's Advanced Development integration and testing community. Apply analysis skills to perform operational and employment evaluation efforts for Navy surface warfare sonar/combat systems.


  • Provide hands on support as OMI concepts transition between the different steps in the advanced development process. Review documentation and items discovered in testing and integration. Support the development and understanding of the Concept of Operations for advanced development builds. (50%)
  • Support the design process in prototyping, and user testing. (20%)
  • Participate in advanced development planning and testing as a subject matter expert at developer or Fleet facilities in support of assessment of Sonar and Combat Systems. (20%)
  • Interface with system developers, and analysis team members to determine analysis methodology, appropriate measures of performance and data required to execute analysis. (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: Surface Warfare qualified, ASW evaluator experience and extensive relevant experience in surface ship ASW combat system operation and training. Detailed knowledge and understanding of surface ship ASW combat system employment. Excellent written, verbal, and briefing skills. Willingness to participate in off-site Field Testing.

Desired Qualifications: BS Engineering or other related technical discipline and be Surface Warfare designated, or NEC 0416 (ACINT Specialist) qualifications, and ASW Evaluator Qualified. Experience in evaluation of Fleet sonar and/or combat system performance. Demonstrated leadership capability.

Special Working Conditions: Travel to include meetings and system field testing, which typically requires several weeks (non-continuous) of travel annually to system developer or integrator site and irregular working hours. 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. 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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