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Columbia, MD 21044
Aerospace and Defense
Job Type
Full Time
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
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EO/IR System Test Engineer

About the Job


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a EO/IR System Test Engineer.

Job Summary:
Test and evaluate electro-optic (E/O) infrared (IR) seeker systems in the Guidance System Evaluation Laboratory (GSEL).  Analyze performance of seekers in flight tests.  Develop software tools to support the analysis. 

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

  1. Conceive, plan, execute, analyze, and document hardware-in-the-loop tests of SM-3 seeker systems in GSEL. (50%) 

  2. Analyze and document the performance of SM-3 seekers in flight test. (20%)

  3. Develop analysis scripts and procedures to evaluate the hardware and software performance of seeker systems.  (20%)

  4. Advise the government sponsor on findings from testing and evaluation activities.  (5%)

  5. Identify and resolve issues found during T&E.  (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.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, physics, optics, applied mathematics, or a related field. Five years of experience in testing and evaluation of complex hardware-software systems, including in-depth performance analysis. Two years of experience with EO/IR systems, probability and statistics, software engineering, and MATLAB.  Excellent interpersonal and teaming skills.  Strong graphical, written, and verbal communication skills.
Desired Qualifications:
Advanced degree in electrical engineering, physics, optics, applied mathematics, or a related field. Experience in testing, evaluation, and analysis of EO/IR imaging systems. Experience in development of data analysis and reduction software.  Familiarity with image/video processing, detection, tracking, and object classification. Familiarity with focal plane arrays, thermal IR physics, IR sources, radiometry and calibration. Familiarity with embedded and real-time software.  Familiarity with guidance, control, and navigation. Demonstrated ability to plan, execute, analyze, and document test results.
Special Working Conditions: Travel 5% of the time. Most work in closed area.

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, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

Additional Information:

  • Travel Percentage: 5%

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