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Junior Physicist / Electrical Engineer

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Job Description


Are you passionate about providing real impact to the country's toughest national security problems?


Are you searching for engaging work with an employer that prioritizes continual innovation?


If so, we 're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.


Our team is looking to provide our country with groundbreaking capabilities that look at new ways to understand signal phenomenology, propagation and interpretation. To succeed, we need talented scientists and engineers! We are seeking individuals with curiosity, problem-solving skills, and a drive for learning!


The Signals Exploitation Group of the Asymmetric Operations Sector is looking for a Physicist, Geophysicist, or Electrical Engineer to develop inventive, cutting-edge prototype solutions to challenges in sensor development, electromagnetic phenomenology, propagation, interpretation and data analysis.


As a Physicist / Electrical Engineer, you will:

  • Primarily participate in design and execution of geophysical sensor field tests for data collection and sensor system demonstration as well as processing and quantitatively analyzing data from multiple sensor modalities
  • Collaborate with Laboratory, for-profit contractors, and sponsor teams to address critical sponsor needs
  • Survey current academic and industry research for state-of-the-art capabilities in new sensor phenomenology and generating innovative ideas to benefit the country
  • Lead or contribute in algorithm design and development
  • Effectively communicate results with non-expert audiences
  • Apply knowledge in electromagnetic theory, quantitative analysis, signal processing and sensors for challenges facing our sponsors
  • Work independently and on teams to engineer hardware and software solutions
  • Explore promising research and maintain/gain the technical edge required for projects. Share and develop new approaches and methods
  • Collaborate to document and support hardware design and software analytics, and clearly present status and results to internal and external stakeholders
  • Occasional travel (up to 20%) to customer sites and field tests as required. Occasional weekend and other after-hours work may be required to handle and/or complete critical project/work-related business needs.


You 'll meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Possess a Bachelor's degree in Physics, Geophysics, Electrical Engineering, or a related technical field
  • Have 2+ years of relevant experience
  • Have an understanding of and interest in designing and/or developing electromagnetic wave sensing applications
  • Possess basic knowledge of sensor or signal processing approaches
  • Are able to obtain a Secret clearance. If selected, you 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.
  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.
You 'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...
  • Possess a Master's or PhD degree in Physics, Geophysics, Electrical Engineering, or a related field
  • Have 5+ years of relevant experience
  • Understand common digital signal processing methods and approaches used to organize and analyze large data sets
  • Have expertise with programming languages such as MATLAB, Lab VIEW, and C/C++
  • Have experience with design and optimization of embedded Linux systems and are experienced with PCB design software such as Altium, Cadence/Allegro/OrCAD, or NI Multisim/Ultiboard
  • Are experienced with team-based development and testing of hardware/software products
  • Possess the ability to lead development/research projects
  • Have an Active, current Department of Defense Top Secret security clearance


Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.


About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Accommodations@jhuapl.edu. Only by ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

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