Systems Engineer/Underwater Acoustics

Introduction: 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 Systems Engineer/Acoustics with experience in Navy sonar development processes and in the design and operation of legacy or advanced system.

Job Summary: Position involves leading the system engineering of active and passive sonar development through technical leadership of JHU/APL projects, participation in Navy sponsored design working groups, and technical support of business development initiatives. Responsible for technical leadership of efforts to define new sonar signal processing, target detection, classification, localization and tracking approaches as well as comparative measurement of the relative performance of existing and new systems. Provide support to program offices in developing new sonar initiatives. Lead design and development of new acoustic sensors.


  • System engineering, signal processing, and system development. (60%)
  • Project leadership, external committee work and business development. (30%)
  • Documentation and presentation of results. (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: MS in Electrical Engineering, Physics or related technical discipline. Significant relevant experience in Navy sonar development processes and in the design and operation of legacy or advanced development systems. Excellent presentation, written/oral communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated effective project management and technical leadership experience.

Desired Qualifications: PHD in Electrical Engineering or Physics. At least seven years of industrial experience with sonar systems, including submarines, surface ship, surveillance and/or air platform systems. Mid-level software skills in Matlab and C/C . Project management experience with leadership of a significant sonar project. Experience with automatic target detection, classification, and tracking algorithms. Prior experience in design and development of underwater acoustic sensors.

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel to support working group meetings and participation in field tests at shore sites or onboard Navy research vessels.

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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