Avionics Electrical Engineer


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking an Avionics Electrical Engineer.

Job Summary:

The APL Space Exploration Sector (SES) has a 57-year history of space satellite development and mission execution leading and providing critical contributions to critical challenges in space applications for national security and civilian space science. The APL SES has pioneered advances in navigation, space-to-space intercept missions and a host of science investigations that span the solar system from the Sun to Pluto and beyond. We are most noted for our ability to execute among the most unique, innovative and challenging space experiments and missions ever attempted.

The Electronic Systems Engineering Group within the APL Space Exploration Sector, responsible for the development of spacecraft avionics hardware, is seeking an experienced Electrical Engineer to perform detailed circuit design of digital and analog hardware, including flight part selection, schematic capture, and working with CAD personnel for part placement and signal routing. Responsibilities also include performing signal integrity analyses and documentation of the design in accordance with program requirements and institutional processes.


  1. Design electronic circuits with digital and analog functionality for spacecraft applications. Select components with suitable radiation qualities. Interact with other team members and software group to determine interfaces and operating characteristics. Generate documentation and review packages for flight boards.
  2. Test and debug boards. Bench level verification of board functionality. Work either individually or as part of a team to develop test procedures and hardware to verify breadboards, engineering models, and flight units.
  3. Work with fabrication team on board layout and build. Define layout constraints and provide oversight to board layout personnel. Support board through manufacturing of breadboards, engineering models, and flight units.
  4. Support delivery of board to box-level assembly, including testing and debug.

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.


Required Qualifications: B.S. degree or higher in Electrical and/or Computer Engineering with at least 3-years of hands-on experience and familiarity in the design, development and testing of digital circuitry, working with Mentor Graphics DxDesigner for schematic capture and Hyperlynx for SI simulation. (Note: experience with other high-level design capture CAE tools such as Altium may serve as a strong basis for transition to the Mentor Graphics tools.). An ability to work in a team-oriented problem-solving atmosphere is essential, able to independently carry the responsibility of executing the design duties. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Desired Qualifications: Familiarity with spaceflight electronics development. Experience with small signal analog circuit design and/or FPGA design would be advantageous for follow-on work opportunities.

Special Working Conditions: None

Security: Applicant selected 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.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws, and values diversity in its workforce.

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