Skip to main contentA logo with &quat;the muse&quat; in dark blue text.
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

2024 PhD Graduate - Model-Based Systems Engineering Architect - Space Systems of Systems Engineering

Laurel, MD


Are you looking to work on complex challenges by applying sophisticated systems engineering and development principles in a digital environment?

Are you an "end-to-end systems thinker" with Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) experience who is looking to have an impact on our United States Space Force's (USSF's) defense programs?

Are you searching for a collaborative, diverse work environment where you can innovate and apply state-of-the-art systems engineering practices to ground breaking programs?

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

We are seeking a PhD MBSE Architect to digitally design space missions and systems-of-systems for space control architectures. Someone who wants to join a hardworking team of engineers to develop technologies, architectures, decision aids, and prototypes that enable war-fighters to harness a diverse set of assets to accomplish a variety of missions. We provide vital mission engineering, systems engineering, and software engineering support to nationally important space capabilities for the Department of Defense (DoD). You will contribute to developing designs, architecture frameworks, model profiles, and systems engineering processes that are cohesively implemented within a larger digital engineering framework (modeling and simulation, software/hardware engineering, test and evaluation, data science and visualization etc.). We believe in building diverse teams, continually growing our capabilities, and cultivating a work environment that embraces innovation, integrity, trust, and teamwork.

Want more jobs like this?

Get Software Engineering jobs in Laurel, MD delivered to your inbox every week.

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy.

As a member of our team you will...

  • Develop, promote, and integrate MBSE artifacts for the design and implementation of complex systems and architectures crucial to the war-fighter
  • Learn to engage with sponsors and channel their needs into conceiving novel space architectures
  • Explore and decompose high-level mission needs into functional and architectural views of a system
  • Develop novel frameworks to connect system models, analytical tools, and visualization environments across system life-cycle
  • Work closely with a diverse team of developers and systems engineers to derive system needs and develop overall solutions that will support the USSF


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

  • Are completing a PhD in systems engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, statistics, or other engineering or related field
  • Have a strong desire to explore new space-focused technologies, and learn systems development methods via digital engineering
  • Possess strong analytical, verbal, written, and interpersonal skills
  • Understand how system requirements, design, analysis, verification, and validation activities are enabled by MBSE across the engineering lifecycle
  • Are able to obtain Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a final TS/SCI level 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 will go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have systems architecting experience and the ability to develop SysML diagrams, activity flows, and finite state machines using Cameo/MagicDraw or Sparx EA
  • Have relevant INCOSE, Object Management Group (OMG) or other systems engineering certifications
  • Have knowledge of space systems, space dynamics, space operations, and space environments
  • Have knowledge or experience in DoD doctrine, operations, battle management, fires, and planning.
  • Have worked with architecting frameworks such as the DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF) or Unified Architecture Framework
  • Have familiarity with USSF acquisition programs.
  • Have used software project and configuration management tools to perform issue tracking, automated unit testing, continuous integration / DevOps (such as GitLab, TeamCity, Jenkins), and version control tools (e.g. Git).
  • Possess a final TS or TS/SCI level security 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

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 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.

Client-provided location(s): Laurel, MD, USA
Job ID: hopkins-6941_54498
Employment Type: Other