Tracking and Data Fusion Engineer

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) - Laurel, MD4.1

Full-timeEstimated: $92,000 - $130,000 a year
The Advanced Concepts and Technologies Group (A3G) in the Combat Systems Branch of the Air and Missile Defense Sector (AMDS) is currently looking for a bright technical mind to take on the role of Tracking and Data Fusion Engineer. The ideal team member is creative, fluent in mathematics, eager and quick to learn new skills and techniques, and a practical problem-solver able to bring structure to a complex problem, select the right tools to solve it, and create new tools when existing ones are inadequate.

In AMDS we pride ourselves on pushing our highly-skilled team members to grow, specialize, and experiment in their own individual areas of interest, and to bring that unique expertise to bear on the critical challenges facing our nation. Become part of this innovative team at the forefront of groundbreaking technology development and analysis.

Duties for the Tracking and Data Fusion Engineer include:
Implementing prototype algorithms for tracking and data fusion. Transforming equations on paper into proof-of-concept MATLAB code. Determining theoretical limits on algorithm performance and compare actual achieved performance to this standard.

Migrating MATLAB algorithms to well-optimized C and integrating them into high-fidelity simulations and real-time demonstrators. Analyzing performance using both simulated and real input. Understanding the root causes of good and poor results, recognizing when the real world violates design assumptions, and proposing robust improvements.

Analyzing fielded tracking and data fusion systems and comparing achieved results to expected performance and specification requirements. Developing an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of existing systems and identifying where more advanced algorithms could enhance operational capability. Contributing to proposals for future development.

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a national leader in scientific research and development. In that spirit, A3G is looking to cultivate and encourage today's most innovative, ambitious, dedicated thinkers to propose new technologies and provide solutions for next-generation problems. With a vast network of cutting-edge technology and resources—and a laboratory full of brilliant minds—we invite you to apply for this competitive and rewarding position and to seize the opportunity to impact the world in which we live.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in engineering, mathematics, computer science, physics or related field

1- 2 in systems engineering or related professional experience.

Demonstrated mastery of fundamental concepts in math and physics, including linear algebra, differential equations, probability, and rigid-body dynamics

Fluency in programming and analysis in MATLAB. Ability to transform mathematical and physical ideas into clear and efficient code

Ability to obtain an interim Secret clearance prior to starting

Desired Qualifications:
Master's degree in one of the above fields

3 years of experience, especially in designing, coding, and/or testing of algorithms for signal processing, optimization, estimation, or control systems

Knowledge of estimation techniques such as Kalman Filtering and Particle Filtering

Competence in a wide variety of programming languages, including MATLAB, C , Python, and Java, on both Linux and Windows platforms. Familiarity with advanced language features such as object-oriented programming, templates, lambdas, and stream-style collection manipulation

Capability to implement algorithms for parallel computation using tools such as POSIX and Windows multi-threaded programming, OpenMP, OpenCL, and CUDA

Strong software engineering skills, including proficiency with both centralized and distributed version control systems, build systems and tool chains, issue trackers, and code review and documentation tool.

Special Working Conditions: N/A

Security: 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.

Benefits : APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.