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Computational Electromagnetic Researcher

U. S. Naval Research Laboratory

Washington, District of Columbia 20375
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  • Antennas and Propagation
  • Computer Programming/Systems
  • Electromagnetics
  • Research
  • Software Engineering
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Job Details

The candidate will serve as principal investigator on research problems related to the analysis of radar scattering from complex military targets.  The candidate will address unsolved problems in electromagnetic scattering requiring originality and creativity.  Specific problems of interest are: the design methodology of low observable ships, techniques for reducing the radar cross section (RCS) of existing fleet ships, and the accurate and efficient calculation of the radar signatures of complex objects.  The candidate will use existing theory and methods, when available, to estimate the electromagnetic scattering from simple geometrical shapes. And when necessary, develop new computational methods, algorithms, and computer software to predict and display the radar cross section of complex military objects.  The candidate will perform applied research on radar scattering from complex military objects of interest to the Navy, especially low observable ships.  This work will involve an extensive analysis of the design of the object with respect to its radar cross section and will often result in recommendations for design changes to achieve low observable radar cross section goals.  The candidate will be expected to conceive and analyze new approaches to these problems and pursue the most favorable to logical conclusions. 

The candidate will be responsible for learning, maintaining, enhancing, and applying the Naval Research Laboratory’s comprehensive Radar Target Signature (RTS) Model. Specific interest is for candidates with experience with computational electromagnetic code utilizing Physical Optics (PO), Physical Theory of Diffraction (PTD), and Geometrical Theory of Diffraction (GTD) techniques.  The candidate must maintain knowledge of advanced work in the pertinent fields through study of the professional literature, personal contacts with members of the research community, presentation and publication of research results at conferences, and in peer reviewed journals.  



Desired skills

Expertise in the physics and mathematics of electromagnetics and applied mathematics and numerical methods

Expertise in computer modeling and simulations to include skills in FORTRAN and ‘C’ programming languages

Minimum Education Requirements

Bachelors or Masters degree in Electrical Engineering or Physics (minimum of 5 years of related experience is desired)


An existing DoD clearance

PhD in Electrical Engineering or Physics with minimum of 3 years of related experience.

The Naval Research Laboratory conducts research in a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines of interest to the Navy. Candidates interested in pursuing a career in research are encouraged to apply. Candidate must be a US Citizen and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of security clearance. NRL is an equal opportunity employer. Resumes and transcripts should be emailed to



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