Other Technical Professional
AMDS - Air and Missile Defense Sector

Do you have demonstrated machine learning experience and are looking to solve a wide variety of complex problems in this rapidly growing and evolving field?



Do you have a strong desire to collaborate and work within a team of highly skilled researchers?



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





We are seeking a highly motivated researcher who will contribute to all phases of the machine learning algorithm development process. You will be joining a team of engineers and scientists who are at the forefront of APL’s mission to provide innovative solutions to critical challenges in the area of missile defense. 



As a Machine Learning Analyst...



  • You will research, implement and analyze prototype algorithms for various machine learning tasks; quantify and document the performance capabilities and limitations of algorithms for specific tasks, as well as provide metrics of robustness and confidence in specific approaches
  • You will interact with various data types, formats, and structures in a clear and appropriate manner for algorithm training and testing; perform any data cleaning, normalization, or manipulation as needed
  • You will create effective visualizations and comprehensive documentation to explain complex topics to a variety of audiences




You meet the minimum requirements for the job if you...



  • Possess a Master's degree in Math, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or a related field
  • Have 2+ years of experience in the machine learning and data science fields
  • Are fluent in Python and MATLAB with the ability to translate mathematical concepts into well-documented and efficient code
  • Have experience in typical Machine Learning and Data Science packages like Pandas, Tensorflow, sklearn, and matplotlib
  • Can effectively communicate ideas and results
  • Have demonstrated experience in working with version control software like Git
  • Have knowledge of planning, search methods, reasoning, decision making, or perception
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain Secret level 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...



Have a PhD in Engineering, Math, Computer Science, or a related field

Have 4+ years of experience in designing and implementing AI/ML algorithms for a variety of datasets

Are competent in a wide variety of programming languages, including MATLAB, C++, Python, and Java, on both Linux and Windows platforms. Familiarity with advanced language features such as object-oriented programming, templates, lambdas, and stream-style collection manipulation

Have experience using high-performance computing structures like GPU's and CPU clusters

Have work experience with statistical modeling, computer vision, autonomy, deep networks, adversarial networks, or optimization

Have work experience with planning, search methods, reasoning, decision making, or perception

Have the ability to obtain a Top Secret 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

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