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Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Lead Test and Evaluation Engineer

Laurel, MD


Are you passionate about fielding and testing systems designed to protect our nation's critical space infrastructure and enable our warfighting capability?

If so, we are looking for someone like you to join our team!

You would join the Space Control Systems Group (SAP) of the Space Exploration Sector (SES) and lead the Space Development Agency's Tranche 1 transport (TL) and tracking layer (TK) test program. The transport layer will provide assured, resilient, low-latency military data and communication connectivity worldwide and to a full range of warfighter platforms. SDA's tracking layer will provide global indications, warning, tracking and targeting of advanced missile threats, including hypersonic missile systems.

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The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU / APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC, is seeking a Lead Test and Evaluation Engineer to help SDA integrate, test, and characterize complex space systems in support of the United States Space Force and warfighters.

As the Lead Space Test and Evaluation engineer, your tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and executing test strategies for complex space systems, both on the ground and in space;
  • Recruit and coordinate staff to execute the objectives contained in the statement of work;
  • Lead and participate in multi-organizational teams across DoD and the IC;
  • Characterize the expected vs realized performance of space systems through modeling and simulation and analysis of data;
  • Communicate effectively to various USG sponsors in order to gather information, relay results of task activities, enable synergistic execution of tasks, and to propose/develop new lines of effort;
  • Understand the various warfighter uses of the SDA T1 system.

As a member of our team, you'll help APL make critical contributions to a broad scope of physics, software, engineering, and systems integration problems. You'll be joining a team of scientists and engineers who are passionate about the design, fielding, and testing of operational systems. Our team is committed to getting the right answers for the nation and ensuring that capability not only meets requirements, but meets the mission need end to end. We strive to foster an environment of collaboration and sound engineering practices and our team values both experienced systems engineering and the application of fresh ideas and concepts in solving complex challenges.


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

  • Possess a BS in engineering, physical sciences, computer science, mathematics or a related field;
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of acquisition processes and operational test; requirements associated with rapid prototyping and acquisition including DoD 5000.89;
  • 1+ years of experience with test and evaluation of US Space Force systems;
  • 5+ years of experience with test and evaluation of platform, weapons, or targeting;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Can demonstrate versatility and ability to tackle diverse problems from inception through completion with minimal supervision;
  • Willing and able to travel across the country and internationally when needed;
  • Are able to obtain an interim Top Secret security clearance by your start date and ultimatley a Top Secret with SCI. 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 have at least one of the following...

  • Have a MS or PhD in engineering, physical sciences, or mathematics;
  • Possess working knowledge of SDA's T1 Transport and tracking layer and planned space and ground support systems;
  • APDP Level III Test and Evaluation;
  • Are currently TS//SCI cleared, and have or have had SAP clearances;
  • Demonstrated understanding of physics or mathematical simulation and problem solving to the areas of space flight dynamics, spacecraft design and sensor systems;
  • Demonstrated testing of satellite communication systems, position/navigation/timing systems, and/or space based infra-red tracking systems.

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_55048
Employment Type: Other