Waveform Development Engineer

Applied Physics Laboratory

Laurel, MD 20726

Posted 1 month ago

Job Description

## Position Description


Are you passionate about developing innovative solutions to critical challenges? Do you want to expand your skills by joining a high performing team of engineers with a diverse set of technical skills? If so, consider joining the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC.

**Job Summary:**

Work at the physical layer to design waveforms and signal detection / demodulation methods that can be used in custom RF communications systems. Work with a team of engineers to implement and deliver these new capabilities.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

1. Engage with APL sponsors to understand their critical challenges and how APL can invest resources to address these challenges. (5%)

2. Stay informed on state-of-the-art waveform design and implementation techniques to inform system architecture and implementation decisions.(5%)

3. Work with teams of software and hardware engineers to design custom RF communications systems to meet critical sponsor needs. (50%)

4. Design and implement waveform, signal detection, and feature extraction algorithms in software. (25%)

5. Participate in system field tests to evaluate performance of systems being designed. (10%)

6. Document approaches and results for internal and external sponsor review. (5%)

**_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._**

## Qualifications

**Required Qualifications:**

Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or equivalent.

Demonstrated ability to design waveforms and signal processing techniques for RF communication systems in real-world environments. Experience with developing algorithms using scripting languages such as MATLAB. Software development experience in implementing algorithm and signal processing code in C++, C, C#, Java, Python, or equivalent. Demonstrated ability to work with non-technical sponsors and form effective system requirements from descriptions of technical challenges. Ability to work effectively as part of a team with diverse technical backgrounds.

**Desired Qualifications:**

Experience with software defined radio architectures and experience prototyping and testing communications systems using open source SDR tools such as GNU Radio. Familiarity with test equipment used in the development of RF communications systems. Demonstrated ability to lead a technical team in full RF communication system development.

**Special Working Conditions:** Limited travel required. Must be eligible for DOD clearance requiring background investigation and/or CI polygraph. Preference for current SSBI.

**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.

**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 www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

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*Primary Location:* *United States-*Maryland-*Laurel

*Req ID:* 23064

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