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Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Concept Design Engineer

Laurel, MD


Would you be interested in the multi-disciplinary design and evaluation of advanced systems?

Are you looking for meaningful work developing systems that use innovative technologies to support our warfighters while working with an employer that prioritizes impact, innovation, and personal development?

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

We are seeking a creative, motivated engineer to help us develop simulations of US weapons, threat missiles, and submersibles. You will have opportunities to develop groundbreaking solutions to the nation's toughest multidisciplinary problems. Our group has a diverse mix of people that like to explore, build, share, invent, and collaborate.

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As a Concept Design Engineer, every day will bring exciting new challenges, including:

  • Connecting with other teams to participate in the full pipeline of system development, from conception to integration.
  • Working with teams to develop and run models in a variety of fields including aerodynamics, mechanical design, controls, materials, and more.
  • Developing and running design and performance models for different systems, including missiles, autonomous aerial vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, and submersibles.
  • Developing algorithms and constraints based on real-world limitations that enable a multi-disciplinary design process.
  • Solving multi-objective system design optimization challenges to provide sponsors with the best solutions.


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

  • Possess at least a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or another related technical field with demonstrated ability in developing and executing multi-disciplinary optimization for early-phase design work.
  • Have a general understanding of optimization techniques such as Genetic Algorithms and statistical methodologies such as Monte Carlo and Design of Experiments (DOE).
  • Have significant experience with MATLAB/Simulink, Python, and/or C++.
  • Have some background in several subject areas such as guidance, control, aerodynamics, structures, and/or propulsion.
  • 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...

  • Possess a Master's degree or PhD in Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or another related technical field.
  • Have a background in researching and developing vehicle designs for multiple applications, including missiles, UAVs, UUVs, and submersibles.
  • Have an ability to absorb perspectives of a sophisticated system that may be unfamiliar to you from assorted team members and form them into a cohesive system-level view.
  • Have experience in balancing analysis fidelity to answer questions.
  • Show that you can recognize when design problems are too complex and require a change in paradigm or when refocused research questions are needed.
  • Have enough depth with numerical methods to understand/bypass potential shortfalls and can choose well-suited algorithms for a given problem.
  • Hold a DoD Secret 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_52538
Employment Type: Other