Signal Processing Engineer

Systems Engineering
AMDS - Air and Missile Defense Sector

Are you searching for engaging work with an employer that prioritizes impact, innovation, and personal development?

Do you value working in a collaborative and creative environment?

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

We are seeking a driven and creative team member who will contribute to all phases of signal and image processing and development concepts in support of weapon control systems. You will be joining a team of engineers and scientists who are at the forefront of APL’s mission to provide innovative solutions to crucial challenges in the area of missile defense.

As a Signal Processing Engineer...

  • You will utilize existing, and develop new, signal and image processing techniques to model, calibrate, and exploit sensor measurements
  • You will develop signal and image processing algorithms
  • You will work with Infrared (IR) and Radio Frequency (RF) data sources
  • You will fuse data from multiple sensors for target detection and tracking in support of weapon control systems
  • You will develop new concepts and innovative ideas for conducting research activities related to signal and image processing
  • You will review existing algorithms and assess their applicability to Sponsor tasks
  • You will develop and utilize physics-based models to perform analysis related to signal and image processing
  • You will document results of research activities and write technical reports, conference papers, and journal articles

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

  • Have a BS in Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or related field
  • Have 3+ years of related experience
  • Have a strong understanding of signal phenomenology and have previously worked with physics-based modeling of signals and sensors
  • Have a theoretical background in signal and image processing
  • Have a working knowledge of IR and/or RF sensors in support of combat system functions
  • Have strong problem formulation and algorithm development skills
  • Have previous research, development, and analysis experience
  • Have the ability to work with multiple organizations
  • Have strong multi-tasking and efficient time management skills and attention to detail
  • Have demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and the ability to relay feedback to the team in a constructive manner
  • Have experience prioritizing a complex and often overlapping schedule of deadlines and tasks
  • Have the ability to obtain a Secret security clearance. Applicant selected 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'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have an MS or PhD in a relevant field
  • Have 5+ years of related experience
  • Have strong MATLAB and Python development experience, cutting across multiple elements and systems
  • Have experience working on technical efforts in the air and missile defense community
  • Have the ability to obtain a Top Secret security clearance
  • Have peer-reviewed publication history

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. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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