Lead Radiation Effects Engineer

    • Laurel, MD

Job Summary: The successful candidate will lead and contribute to radiation efforts on Civil Space, National Security Space, and related missions. This will require collaboration across teams and across APL and sometimes non-APL organizations, including spacecraft/instrument/sub systems engineers, design engineers, component engineers, and materials engineers. The position will include evaluation of the space radiation environment, assessment of its effect on space systems in the areas of radiation, radiation testing, radiation analyses, and recommendation of mitigation approaches.


  1. Lead APL radiation efforts for one or more programs/instruments.
  2. Run radiation environment and transport codes.
  3. Develop test requirements for radiation testing of EEE components and materials.
  4. Lead total dose and single event effect testing efforts.
  5. Document test plans, test results, and analyses.

Required Qualifications:
  • M.S. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, or related discipline.
  • 5-10 years of experience with aspects of radiation effects in the space environment.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills and ability to work with a variety of people across engineering and science disciplines.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, or related discipline.
  • Experience leading radiation efforts for a flight program.
  • Experience with FastRad, Novice, and/or other radiation transport codes.
  • Experience with radiation testing methods and facilities.
  • Experience with assessing the effects on components from nuclear events.
  • Experience working with NASA and/or Defense sponsors.
  • Experience with other space environmental effects (e.g. detector noise evaluation, internal charging, surface charging).

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel to test facilities will be required.

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 (APL) 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. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


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