Electrical/Computer Engineering
FPS - Force Projection Sector

Are you a hands-on engineer that enjoys developing and fielding groundbreaking electronics systems?


In the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s (APL) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, hands-on engineering is applied to field tomorrow’s groundbreaking solutions for a diverse set of government organizations. Dedicated, passionate multidisciplinary staff work side-by-side in the lab and in the field to build solutions to mission critical challenges. The people who work here embrace challenges, adapt to dynamic changing environments, and are continually looking to advance their technical and leadership skills. Our passion for engineering innovative solutions also applies to mentoring and coaching junior staff to continue to strengthen our impactful teams. Are you interested in being a member of our group? Join us at APL, a national leader in scientific research and development, and an employer that prioritizes innovation, impact, and personal development.


We are seeking a senior electrical/computer engineer with a technical background in embedded firmware design and development to help us rapidly field autonomous sensor systems. You will support the development of sensor systems that collect information in some of the most austere environments around the globe to help our partners complete their mission. You will demonstrate technical expertise by contributing to critical system development and experimental efforts.


As a Senior Embedded Systems Engineer you will...

  • Apply your skills in developing system requirements and architectures for sophisticated analog/digital embedded systems and lead your designs through integration and test.
  • Deploy state-of-the art algorithms on low size, weight and power hardware platforms designed to operate in challenging maritime environments.
  • Embed algorithms in real-time operating systems (RTOS), microprocessors, DSPs, FPGAs and embedded computers.
  • Conduct design reviews, bench testing, and field testing to debug your embedded platforms.
  • Specify, identify, and integrate commercial and custom components for the rapid development of electronic systems.
  • Mentor and coach junior staff in their technical challenges.
  • Document system development, engineering analysis, and testing consistent with quality requirements and present information to review teams.

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

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering or related field of study.
  • Have relevant experience with embedded systems, to include design, development, integration, and/or test of hardware/software systems.
  • Have demonstrated an ability and willingness to multi-task across several projects and work independently in small teams while meeting quick turnaround demands.
  • Are willing and able to work in classified laboratories and oceans around the world to conduct field testing for 15% of your time.
  • Can interact effectively with team members of different experience levels and backgrounds, including leadership of teams and projects.
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a Top 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 will go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have a Master’s degree in Electrical or Computer engineering or related field of study
  • Have 15+ years related experience in industry or military
  • Have demonstrated technical or project management leadership of sophisticated electro-mechanical maritime systems
  • Possess an active 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 groundbreaking 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 midway in between Baltimore and Washington D.C. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.


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