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Applied Research and Development Scientist
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
Date Posted October 23, 2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Are you searching for meaningful work with an opportunity to mentor colleagues?


If so, we are looking for someone like you to join us at APL!


We are seeking a creative, outside of the box problem solver to help us develop the next generation of intelligent combat systems. As a member of our team, you will guide and craft innovation in Electronic Warfare (EW) technology applied to military Air and Missile defense. You will engage with a hardworking and enterprising team of scientists and engineers who are developing high impact solutions for the Nation's defense. Our team is passionate about crafting pragmatic solutions backed by analytic rigor. We are committed to excellence and strive to cultivate an environment of collaboration, coordination, creativity, and initiative. We value communication, technical effort, and positive attitudes. Perhaps most importantly, we enable and prioritize the development of understanding.

As an Applied Research and Development Scientist in Electronic Warfare...


  • Your primary responsibility will be leading and conducting focused research and technology development applied to distributed EW systems protecting at-sea and land-based assets.
  • You will bring analytical refinement and proven experience to the challenges faced in electronic surveillance and electronic attack by implementing state of the art methods for coordinating complex inhomogeneous systems.
  • You will leverage your physics-based knowledge of Electromagnetic wave propagation, RF scattering, and signal detection to ensure technologies are being guided towards operational effectiveness.
  • You will lead and coordinate the preparation of research proposals for internal and externally funded projects.
  • You will publish findings and methodologies in peer-reviewed research journals

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


  • Possess a Doctorate in Physics, Applied Physics, or Electrical Engineering.
  • Have completed one year of post-doctoral research.
  • Published research in peer-reviewed journals related to radar, electronic warfare, or other related fields.
  • Are proficient in expressing ideas to a wide audience of varying technical ability.
  • Are willing and able to occasionally travel for work. Some work may be outside of normal working hours or at government facilities.
  • Are eligible for a Secret security 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.


You will go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...


  • Have completed two to three years of post-doctoral research.
  • Have experience working with sponsors from NAVSEA or ONR to define and or lead technical programs.
  • Have demonstrated technical competence in technology development in non-EW functional areas of kinetic kill and/or directed energy.
  • Are proficient in programming languages such as MATLAB, Python, or C++.
  • Are familiar with proposal writing and have successfully competed for research funding.
  • Hold an active Secret or higher 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.

Additional Information
  • Primary Mission Area: Air & Missile Defense
  • Requisition ID: 24677
  • Security Clearance Required on Start Date: Interim Secret
  • Final Security Clearance Required: Top Secret
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