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Acoustic Sonar Signal Processing Engineer
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
Date Posted 01/29/2022
Employment Type Other Technical Prof
Application Deadline Open until filled

Do you want to make meaningful contributions in acoustic signal processing to advance the capabilities of existing anti-submarine warfare (ASW) systems, while helping define new systems?


Do you love to push the bounds of science and technology while solving difficult problems for our nation's naval operations? 


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


We seek to hire an experienced active or passive acoustic signal processing engineer who will provide impactful contributions to our technical work and serve as an integral and valued member of our team. You will join an environment of collaboration and partnership with our highly skilled staff who solve difficult problems in the undersea domain. Examples of our work include developing algorithms to process active and passive sonar signals to find low-SNR targets and deploying these technologies to a variety of real-time systems including high resource operator consoles or resource-constrained autonomous systems. Our team of engineers and developers has a 20-year history of developing impactful signal processing, machine learning, and information processing technologies for the undersea domain. We strive for an atmosphere of collaboration and partnership among our highly skilled staff and we value substance, innovation, and impact. We are committed to integrity and honesty.

As an Acoustic Sonar Signal Processing Engineer you will . . .

  • Engage in concept development for active and passive underwater sonar applications;
  • Design and implement signal detection and related algorithms in software;
  • Perform in-depth analysis to assess acoustic system performance and develop strategies for growing system-level performance;
  • Deliver presentations to sponsors and working groups to effectively communicate proposed concepts, solutions, and completed analysis;
  • Serve as a domain expert and provide mentoring to staff.

You'll meet our minimum qualifications with:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or other related technical field;

  • 7 or more years of relevant experience in execution of applied technology efforts;

  • Active or passive acoustic sonar signal processing experience;

  • Algorithm development and testing experience and data analysis in languages like Python or MATLAB;

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the capability to effectively interact with all levels of staff and sponsors;

  • The ability to travel to and from off-site sponsor meetings and participate in system field testing that may include working extended hours, and work in closed areas;

  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date 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;

  • 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 Master's degree or Ph.D in Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or a related field;

  • Sonar system development experience;

  • Demonstrated experience in working effectively with senior Navy sponsors;

  • A broad background and experience working with active underwater acoustic systems;

  • An active Secret or higher level security 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 http://www.jhuapl.edu/careers.


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