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Recently Awarded PhDs or Postdocs (New Graduate PhDs Opportunities 2018-2019)
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
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Date Posted January 23, 2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description 

* Recently Awarded PhDs or Postdocs (New Graduate PhDs Opportunities 2018-2019)-18610 


Position Description

If you are soon to be a PhD Graduate in Engineering or the Sciences or looking for a Postdoc - APL has entry level opportunities for new PhD graduates in all our technical and scientific areas!  


Solving the nation's most critical challenges requires your creative and even disruptive thinking along with your unique perspectives and that is why PhD level Engineers and Scientists are vital members of APL's team and future!


Submit your resume and we will send it to all the relevant hiring managers here at APL for review and let you know the outcome. 


Please explore the areas below in which you might further your academic and research interests:


Provide system engineering and technical support to ongoing programs involving military aviation systems; tactical aircraft, air-launched weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles. And cruise missiles. Conduct propulsion R&D to advance aeronautics technology and help design future systems. Define end-to-end program requirements and support design, development, fabrication, integration, and delivery of government or commercial space systems.


Biological Science
Support the Homeland Protection, Special Operations and National Heath Business Areas. Participate in a variety of research, development, and test and evaluation projects to helping to better understand naturally occurring and man made threats.


Biological, ChemicalNuclear / Radiological Sciences
Test and evaluation, data collection and analysis, sensors & sensor system development, and laboratory management in support of research and development programs for countering chemical, explosive, radiological, and nuclear threats.


Biomechanical Research
Research in biomechanics projects including high-rate experimentation, data collection and analysis from novel sensor systems, and human model development for the purpose of increasing understanding of injury mechanisms and developing improved mitigation systems.


ANALYTICAL: Perform analytical chemistry tasks. Perform reactivity studies of compounds or classes of compounds. Perform various material characterization studies.

Support new and ongoing chemistry research projects related to national defense and homeland protection. Synthesize and characterize new molecules, polymers, and biomolecules. Develop novel synthetic and reactive concepts.


Communications Engineering

Design and develop new systems and evaluate current systems and networks; develop integrate, and evaluate satellite communications and control systems, including ground station and signal processing equipment: design, develop, and test microwave radio systems, circuits, and hardware components.


Controls Engineering

Apply modern control techniques in diverse technical areas. Examples include implementing Kalman filters in radar tracking algorithms, determining missile accuracy via estimation theory, and analyzing guidance and navigation systems. Defense systems test and evaluation Determine operating characteristics, accuracy, and reliability of ballistic weapon systems; analyze total systems as well as missile, fire control, navigation, and launcher subsystems; design and monitor test programs.


Hardware Design

Develop working models of electronic systems for applications in nearly every frequency region. Included are projects in guidance, control systems, communications, signal processing, microprocessor and computer systems, antennas, circuits, advanced radars, and flight-model satellites.

Information Systems/ Cyber Security
Design systems to integrate imagery and information; data base management, network systems integration/administration. Modeling and simulation Model, analyze, and interpret test results for navigation, and guidance systems; design high-fidelity, object-oriented system simulations and prototype decision support systems; analyze requirements and effectiveness of military systems in postulated environments.


Material Science
Development and use of physical, mathematical, statistical mechanical models related to space systems and phenomenology. Perform research and development in multiple areas of interest to DoD and NASA programs such as materials science, hyper velocity impacts and operational environments.


MEMS Device Design
Development of microfluidic devices, MEMS devices, carbon-nanotube optical coatings, and techniques to evaluate the security of integrated circuits.


Modeling and Simulation
Performing physics-based modeling of complex thermal-fluidic and mechanical systems. Predictive modeling and simulation of materials and engineering systems across a variety of length and time scales. Code development and statistical analysis of data. Model, analyze, and interpret test results for guidance and navigation systems. Design high-fidelity, object-oriented system simulations and prototype decision support systems. Analyze requirements and effectiveness of military systems in postulated environments.


Network/Communications Engineering
Provide engineering, evaluation, design, and implementation of communications systems to improve capabilities. Develop and test advanced communications equipment. Investigate and apply advanced computing technologies to client systems. Conduct R&D in information control environments, network management and control, and computational uncertainty. Perform system analysis, modeling and simulation for signal processing and control systems and real-time hardware/software subsystems for GPS-based positioning, navigation, & remote sensing systems. Conduct communication and networking systems engineering activities in support of Cyber Operations, Special Operations, and Homeland Protection Business Areas. Communication systems include wireless line-of-sight and satellite communications systems and networks.


Operations Research
Participate as a technical team member to understand the aspects of an operational community, develop analysis plans, develop analysis tools, conduct analyses, interpret results, and develop recommendations.  Conduct mission related analysis and research activities.


Signal Processing

Provide signal processing and image analysis expertise, based on understanding of physical theory and its application to new technology development efforts. Analyze sensor design and requirements, conduct experiments to automate processing of signals and data. Process recorded sensor signals from various systems and develop new processing techniques.

Software Engineering
Develop complex scientific software systems from design through test and validation; real-time system design; advanced, high-definition graphics display systems; interactive computer network design.


Space Physics/Planetary Science 

Design space experiments in areas such as energetic particles, magnetic fields, solar effects on the atmosphere, and planetary, comet, and asteroid samplings; design experimental satellites emphasizing geophysics, navigation systems, and spacecraft stabilization.


System Engineering/Analysis

Determine the system needed to solve a given problem in an effective and economical way; represent systems by mathematical models for evaluation and parametric definition; integrate system parameters; perform dynamic analysis of closed-loop control systems; develop and conduct experiments with prototype components, subsystems, and total systems.


Testing and Analysis - Defense Systems
Technical research and systems analysis related to various seekers and sensors used by military tactical and irregular warfare systems, including Strike Aircraft, Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Precision Guided Munitions, land-based sensor systems and Autonomous Unmanned Systems.



  • PhD in Biomechanics, Biomedical/Biological, Chemistry/Chemical, Computer, Cyber, Electrical, Material Science, Mathematics, Physics, etc... 
  • Minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA.
  • U.S. citizenship will be required for most positions. Because government security clearance is required for most positions, selected applicants must meet eligibility requirements, which include U.S. citizenship.


Note: when prompted to upload attachments, please include a resume and copy your college transcripts (unofficial is fine).



At the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), we bring world-class expertise and game-changing impact to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. Our team members enjoy a wide selection of meaningful and challenging work, generous benefits, and flexible work schedules. At APL, we encourage all staff members to pursue work/life balance and engage in life-long learning. To learn more about careers at APL, please visit
We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972 and other applicable laws. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
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