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System Integrator - Intelligent Autonomous Systems & Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
United States, Maryland, Laurel
11100 Johns Hopkins Road (Show on map)
November 06, 2023

Are you passionate about innovating new technologies that are vital to our Nation's future security?

Are you interested in working in multi-disciplinary teams to advance the state-of-the-art in autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, software design, embedded systems, virtual reality, simulation and/or unmanned air platforms?

Are you interested in applying your experience with engineering and avionics to enable new capabilities in intelligent autonomous systems that will save US warfighter's lives and ensure our nation's preeminence?

If you answered "yes" to these questions, we are looking for someone like you to join our team in the Intelligent Combat Platforms Group at APL! All candidates with a strong technical background, high initiative, and the ability to think critically and creatively are encouraged to apply with or without experience in AI.

We are the Intelligent Combat Platforms Group and our mission focus is to ensure our Nation maintains the operational advantage on the future battlefield through foundational advances in artificial intelligence, autonomy, manned-unmanned teaming and novel unmanned aircraft design (e.g. drones) and testing.

We believe the future of warfare will be defined by intelligent autonomous systems capable of fighting with machine precision at machine speeds. Our objective is to advance the technologies needed to enable machine precision decisions at machine speeds for future autonomous systems and warfighters aided with intelligent assistants. Whether it is developing the intelligence that drives autonomous wingmen behaviors, integrated real-time collaboration tools and data analytic architectures, or novel AI design tools and software, the Intelligent Combat Platforms Group is at the forefront. Three of our recent game-changing projects (DARPA Air Combat Evolution, AFRL Golden Horde, and Air Force SkyBorg) are featured in recent news articles, highlighting our impact and innovation.

We are seeking inquisitive and creative team members who like to tackle challenging problems to help us build the next generation of AI enabled combat systems and shape the future of warfare. Our team is an entrepreneurial and multidisciplinary team committed to developing technical talent, fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration, while having fun with what we do!

As a System Integrator within the Intelligent Combat Platforms Group, you will...

  • Provide leadership and guidance for the team in integrating cutting edge AI software onto embedded hardware platforms for ground and flight testing.
  • Serve as the on-site integration lead for APL at government test ranges responsible for ensuring the hardware and software function as expected and resolving any issues that occur during ground and flight testing.
  • Identify integration and program risks early, determine mitigations, and ensure as smooth of an integration process as possible -- maximizing the chances of success of flight test campaigns.
  • Collaborate with the nation's leading experts in AI enabled combat systems and work with a diverse team of engineers, scientists, and software developers to deliver impactful capability to the warfighter.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Have a Bachelor's degree (or higher) in a STEM related discipline such as mathematics, computer science, physics, and/or engineering, or another related area.
  • Understand the concerns commonly encountered in embedded programming and have real-world experience getting complex embedded systems working in challenging environments (e.g., automotive, robotics, avionics, space, maritime.)
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a 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.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have embedded experience in an avionics (commercial or military) environment including knowledge of common busses, protocols, hardware and operating systems typically used in avionics circles.
  • Have served in a software/systems integration role on avionics, maritime, or space programs bringing together multiple hardware and software modules together developed by multiple parties, directing and orchestrating the integration process (Or equivalent experience).
  • Have proficiency in multiple programming languages (e.g., Python, C/C++) and operating systems such as Linux or Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOSes), with a working understanding of technologies such as networking, radios and other communication technologies.
  • Have experience working with sensors, hardware, or flight test.
  • Have at least some exposure to or background in aerospace engineering.

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 http://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.