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Radar Modeling and Simulation Analyst

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Job Description


Do you think that solving a complex puzzle is one of the most fun things you can do? Have you ever thought of yourself as a modern-day Sherlock Holmes?


Are you motivated by the prospect of applying your troubleshooting skills to a broad range of meaningful work?


Do you work best in an intellectually stimulating environment, melding your vision with that of other people who see the world from their own unique viewpoint, in order to create something like nothing else in the world?


If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team!


We are seeking an enthusiastic, hardworking verification and validation (V&V) engineer, who will ensure that our high-fidelity simulation of the Navy AN/SPY-1 radar accurately represents the radar on Navy ships. You will make sure that the simulation predicts radar performance correctly. As part of a dynamic team, you will exchange ideas with other curious and thoughtful engineers on all parts of this simulation. This includes both other V&V engineers on the team and the radar engineers and software developers who create the simulation. You will also do your own, independent thinking. You will gain domain knowledge of physics, signal processing, and control logic that enable a radar to operate. Staff are encouraged to be forward-looking in crafting innovative ways to do the job. We strive to cultivate an environment that promotes professional growth and balanced life, and we encourage diversity of thought.


As a Verification and Validation specialist, your role will be to...


  1. Perform verification and validation of our high-fidelity radar simulation by evaluating the results of the APL simulation relative to both the prime contractor simulation and tactically recorded radar data.
  2. Develop an understanding of intended radar design, simulation code, and tactical code so that you can troubleshoot APL code to resolve correctness relative to either intended radar design or radar specifications.
  3. Communicate with the prime contractor to clarify radar design intent and details.
  4. Develop Matlab or Python scripts to simulate functions as needed to support analysis and troubleshooting.
  5. Explore ways to enhance and improve the verification and validation process to facilitate efficient detection and resolution of issues.




You meet the minimum qualifications for this position if you have:


  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Math, Physics, or Mechanical Engineering with 1 year of experience in engineering, analysis, modeling, and simulation.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong desire to make a difference.
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a final 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...


  • Master 's degree in Electrical Engineering, Math, Physics or equivalent with three years experience in radar development and/or defense systems simulations.
  • Familiarity with missile defense radar analysis, systems, and models.
  • Demonstrated capability in validation or verification of complex software.
  • Experience with MATLAB, Python, and Java.
  • Current Secret clearance with an ability to obtain higher-level clearances


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.

About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Accommodations@jhuapl.edu. Only by ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

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