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Applied Physics Laboratory ISRT Scientific Applications Lead Software Developer and Operations Site Agent in Aurora, Colorado

Position Description

Are you interested in researching, developing, and analyzing innovative ways to produce impactful information from many different types of sensors and sources of data?

Do you want to advance US defense capabilities in Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Targeting?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

We are seeking a creative software developer to help us design, build, test, assess, and field the next generation of ISRT and Counter-ISRT capabilities for the US military. Our technical team applies diverse disciplines such as sensor and data fusion, signal and image processing, operations research, applied physics, and artificial intelligence to build systems that automatically or autonomously orchestrate sensors, process data into information, and make intelligent inferences and predictions about complex threats and environments. Our work enables the US military to neutralize a wider variety of serious threats from safer distances than they could otherwise accomplish; improves the safety, survivability, and effectiveness of US air, naval, and ground forces; and disrupts the ability of potential adversaries to threaten our forces.

As the ISRT Scientific Applications Lead Software Developer and Operations Site Agent, you will...

Lead and contribute to software development and systems engineering efforts in support of advanced ISRT technology development. Serve as resident agent and subject matter expert at government operations site responsible for deployment and employment of APL prototypes and interfacing with the operational system.

  • Design and implement software for processing and exploitation of ISR sensor data. Collaborate with engineers and algorithm developers to implement software for signal and image processing, data fusion, target detection and tracking, pattern recognition, and other advanced capabilities.
  • Support prototype evaluation, experimentation, field tests, and transition of prototype capabilities to operational use.
  • As needed, manage the processes and environment for software development and testing. As needed, document use cases, requirements, specifications, design, V&V/test plan, and user interfaces. As needed, establish processes, methodologies, and tools for development, build, configuration control, documentation, quality assurance, and other essential functions. As needed, manage repositories for code, data, and engineering models. Ensure quality and integrity of software products and test results.
  • Provide leadership to software development activities. Lead teams of software developers. Lead tasks and maintain schedules. Communicate and present progress reports and results to other technical leads, management, and government sponsors.
  • Provide subject matter expertise on operational systems at the government site. Interface with government and contractor staff on-site as necessary.

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

  • Bachelors degree in computer science, software engineering, or other related field.
  • Minimum of 7 years professional work experience in software development including 2 years in a leadership position.
  • Expertise with a variety of software development and configuration management tools, processes, and methodologies. Expertise in C++ and Java programming languages.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams and complex technical efforts.
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to work on-site at a Government facility in the Denver, CO region and occasional travel (local and non-local) to Government and contractor facilities and to the JHU/APL main campus.
  • Hold an active Top Secret security 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...

  • Masters degree in computer science, software engineering, or other related field.
  • Minimum of 10 years professional work experience in software development including 4 years in a leadership position.
  • Experience with development of complex, operational software systems.
  • General domain knowledge of ISR platforms and sensors used by the US military and intelligence community.
  • Current Top Secret / SCI clearance.

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

Primary Location: *United States-Colorado-Aurora

Req ID: 24492