Senior Radar Systems Engineer

Systems Engineering
AMDS - Air and Missile Defense Sector

We are seeking an experienced Radar Systems Engineer to contribute in evolving radar concepts and algorithms to provide the very best missile defense capabilities to our Nation's Warfighters. Our solutions are grounded in a deep understanding of the problem space including radar phenomenology, state-of-the-art technologies and the associated uncertainties and performance drivers. 

If you are motivated by the prospect for continually honing your mastery of radar systems and applying your experience and talents in developing capabilities to outpace our adversaries and if you thrive in an environment that supports your desire for autonomy, this position may be for you.

Senior technical contributor to a highly capable, purposeful and collaborative team in algorithm research and development and modeling, simulation and analysis in a high performance computing environment. Subject matter includes radar detection and state estimation in challenging tracking environments, resource optimization, surveillance strategies, waveform development and optimization, feature extraction and classification, adaptive phased array and other radar technology and advanced analysis areas.

As a Senior Radar Systems Engineer, you will have the following responsibilities...

1. Lead analysis to understand capabilities and limitations of radar systems under highly variable operational conditions.

2 Lead research and development of realizable and affordable solutions to gaps and opportunities identified through modeling, simulation and analysis. 

3. Provide insightful documentation on analysis findings and new concepts.

4. Provide technical mentorship to team members.

5. Interact with sponsors to understand program priorities and to share analysis findings and introduce new concepts.

6. Collaborate with prime contractors, technical representatives from other weapon system elements and FFRDC and UARC staff on end-to-end system integration.


You will meet the minimum requirements if you have...



  • A BS in EE, Math, Physics, Systems Engineering or equivalent. 
  • A minimum of 5 years experience in radar systems engineering and analysis, and modeling and simulation. 
  • Strong knowledge of detection and estimation and advanced signal and data processing algorithms.
  • Strong Matlab (or equivalent) skills. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in collaborating in a team environment. 
  • The ability to travel occasionally to sponsor, contractor, test site and peer organization facilities for meetings and reviews.
  • The ability to obtain an Interim Secret and can ultimately obtain a 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.


You will go above and beyond if you have...


  • A MS or Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or Systems Engineering with strong radar background.
  • Demonstrated success in the development of radar signal and data processing algorithms for fielded defense radars. 
  • Experience developing and employing high fidelity simulations for radar performance analysis, particularly in missile defense.
  • An active 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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