R&D Engineer - RF Physics

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

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The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Job Summary:
Attacks on civilian and military soft targets (e.g. schools, bases, convoys) have demonstrated the need for improved detection of bad actors through advanced sensing and analytics. To address this problem, we are developing standoff technologies to detect concealed person-borne threats such as firearms and explosives. The researcher will develop hardware and software systems that facilitate computational imaging and anomaly detection at RF wavelengths.

Duties:
Develop and implement hardware and software systems related to computational imaging across a range of RF wavelengths (60%)
Plan, execute, and document laboratory and/or field tests of prototype and operational systems (30%)
Develop system concepts for new projects (10%)
Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:
PhD in Electrical and/or Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or closely related field.
Experience in computational modeling and simulation of electromagnetic physics across mm-wave and cm-wave wavelengths.
Experience in RF circuit design and PCB layout. Proficiency with design tools such as Altium or Mentor Graphics.
Experience in computational imaging and holography.
Proficiency in Matlab, Python, and/or C/C in multiple operating system environments.
Excellent organizational and communication (written and spoken) skills.

Desired Qualifications:
Experience in compressive sensing and/or super-resolution techniques.
Experience with software-defined radio (e.g. GNU Radio).
Experience programming FPGAs and/or GPUs (CUDA / OpenCL).
Experience with machine learning techniques, frameworks, and libraries.
Knowledge in wavelet analysis.
Knowledge in synthetic aperture imaging.
Special Working Conditions: Staff member may require occasional travel to CONUS sites for field testing (up to 5%)

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 www.jhuapl.edu.

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.