Senior Neural Decoding Researcher

Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Data Science
REDD - Research & Exploratory Development Department

Are you passionate and driven to help build the future of brain-computer interfaces?


Do you enjoy designing and implementing algorithms for decoding neural signals?


If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our advanced research team at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.


We are seeking a Senior Neural Decoding Researcher to contribute to and lead pioneering brain-computer interface research for both restoring and augmenting human capabilities.


We are a large multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers engaged in groundbreaking research in applied neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and robotics. We are looking for a motivated and collaborative researcher to support neuroengineering development to enable brain-computer interfaces in intelligent systems and health as a strategic advantage for the nation.


As a Senior Neural Decoding Researcher...


  • Your primary role will be supporting and advancing existing efforts in designing, engineering, and deploying neural signal processing and machine learning algorithms in real-time brain-computer interface systems.


  • You will make an impact as a part of a multi-disciplinary research team, collaboratively building a research vision for brain-computer interfaces spanning implanted and non-invasive technologies, health and non-health applications, with government and commercial partners.


  • You will assist in the development of new experimental protocols for exploring capabilities enabled by brain-computer interfaces.


  • You will mentor junior scientists and engineers in experimental design, neural signal processing, machine learning.


  • You will communicate key findings both internally across teams and externally to sponsors, including in proposal development.


  • You will join a dedicated team and contribute to neuroscience strategy and leadership.

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


  • Hold a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, Neurobiology, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Data Science, Mathematics, or related subject areas.


  • Have 1+ year post-graduate experience applying machine learning to neurophysiological data from implanted electrodes.


  • Have excellent research and oral communication skills, and the ability to work with a wide range of collaborators.


  • Are able to obtain Secret level 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.


  • 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...


  • Familiarity working with different neural signal modalities (e.g., spikes, local field potentials, electrocorticography).


  • Experience applying neural network-based approaches to neural data.


  • Experience implementing a real-time brain-computer interface system.


  • Experience working on a fast-paced government-funded effort (e.g., DARPA project).

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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