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Embedded Systems Software Engineer

Laurel, Maryland Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Job Description

Embedded Systems Software Engineer

The Electro-Optical and Infrared Seeker Hardware Systems Group of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s (APL) Air and Missile Defense Sector engages in innovative research, development, design, fabrication, test, evaluation and analysis of EO/IR sensors, seekers and instrumentation systems for a broad range of applications. Team members are able to develop their technical depth and breadth by solving relevant, real-world problems involving a wide range of technology including IR missile seekers, EO/IR imaging systems, fiber-optic and planar waveguide-based sensors, telemetry systems, cryogenic vacuum space chambers, scene rendering computer systems, EO/IR scene projection systems and UAVs.

Job Summary:
We are seeking a creative, energetic engineer to assist in the development of embedded software used in a complex hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) simulation for a missile seeker that plays a vital role in our nation’s ballistic missile defense. In this position, you will develop real-time software that controls a simulation of a missile and interfaces with seeker hardware. You will use your skills to integrate HWIL systems, including all hardware, software, and interfaces, and support the development of new technologies and future advanced test configurations. Our sponsors rely on us to architect, develop and integrate unique, state-of-the-art test capabilities for current and next-generation missile systems. If you share our enthusiasm for being part of this dynamic team, then we’d like to hear from you.


Software development of real-time simulation control software on high performance Linux systems and embedded hardware. (60%)

Integration of hardware and software at the electrical interface level. (20%)

Development of system prototypes and data analysis tools using MATLAB. (10%)

Creation of documents, presentations and memoranda of critical work. (10%)

: 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:

BS in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or a related field with three or more years of experience.

Strong proficiency with multi-threaded C programming (or other object-oriented language).

Experience working with electronics hardware and custom-designed interfaces.

Strong familiarity with Linux systems with at least one of the following: compiling code for large projects, linking libraries, installing drivers or modifying system configurations.

Experience with version control, unit testing and programming work flows.

Desire to learn real-time programming and Linux driver development.

Ability to obtain an Interim Secret prior to starting.

Desired Qualifications

– MS in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics or a related field and five or more years of experience.
– Experience with design and programming of embedded systems.
– Experience with Linux driver development and understanding of the kernel. Some experience with OpenGL API, GPU architecture and CUDA.
– Experience with FPGA development and PCI-e interface. Experience with time-based kinematic software simulations. Knowledge of MATLAB.
– Experience working with hardware-in-the-loop testing. Knowledge of infrared/electro-optical imaging systems.
– Ability to obtain a Top Secret clearance.

Special Working Conditions:

Occasional travel for meetings and program reviews. Some work may be outside core business hours or at government facilities.

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.

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.

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL) is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual identity, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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