Senior Computer Vision Researcher

Software Engineering
REDD - Research & Exploratory Development Department

Are you passionate about crafting novel, innovative machine learning and computer vision solutions to challenging and meaningful problems?

Do you take pride in contributing to groundbreaking science?

Do you thrive in an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and creative environment?

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

We are seeking a Senior Computer Vision Researcher for the Artificial Intelligence Group in the Research & Exploratory Development Department at APL to help us invent the future of intelligent systems and bring research from concept to reality.  We are a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers focused on pioneering research and real-world impact, particularly in the areas of machine learning, autonomy, applied neuroscience, and robotics. We want someone who is highly skilled and motivated to support and lead projects in machine learning for computer vision, particularly in the application areas of national defense and healthcare.

As a Senior Computer Vision Researcher...

  • Your primary responsibility will be to contribute toward and lead fundamental research in machine perception and develop solutions when presented with broader sponsor needs. This includes, but is not limited to, research in deep learning, adversarial machine learning, contextual intelligence, and common sense reasoning.
  • You will provide technical leadership and vision for multidisciplinary research teams to bring next-generation intelligent systems to reality.
  • You will lead and collaborate on technical proposals to grow and define machine learning and computer vision research in Intelligent Systems.
  • You will communicate research vision, results, and impact to internal management, sponsors, and the broader scientific community through papers, presentations, and technical reports.

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

  • Have a M.S. degree in a relevant field such as Computer Science, Electrical and/or Computer Engineering, Mathematics, or Statistics and 5+ years experience.
  • Have proven ability in defining machine learning research problems and identifying possible solutions given real-world constraints.
  • Have strong programming skills in one or more languages used in machine learning research, such as Python or Matlab, and are familiar with relevant libraries such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, and OpenCV.
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to articulate complex technical issues effectively and appropriately for a wide range of audiences.
  • Have a track record of publishing your research in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at technical conferences.
  • You are able to obtain a Secret level security clearance, which requires U.S. Citizenship. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information.
  • 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 Ph.D. in a relevant field and 1+ years of research experience.
  • Have experience with project management or leading small teams.
  • Have experience in writing technical proposals or another form of business development.
  • Have experience with sensing and imaging applications for national security.

Special Working Conditions

  • Some travel to conferences, local sponsor sites, or support for field testing may be required.

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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