Marine Systems Engineer

Introduction: 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 a Marine Systems Engineer.

Job Summary: Apply engineering expertise to develop data display and archiving systems and supporting software and hardware for surface and subsurface marine platforms in support of prototype and R&D systems development.


  • Support development of prototype and R&D systems from concept to installation and testing on US Navy ships, to include requirements and specifications development, oversight of fabrication and procurement, and development of Navy integrated logistics support products including Tech Manuals and training materials. (30%)
  • Perform technical and/or project leadership role for small to medium sized technical tasks that may involve both hardware and software components. (30%)
  • Design and implement prototype and R&D systems in support of the Ocean Engineering Program. Evaluate and select COTS/GOTS/and APL developed systems for integration on surface and subsurface marine platforms. Provide system support and training to Navy personnel in APL developed systems. (20%)
  • Document activities and results, prepare technical reports, present results, and demonstrate system capabilities to peer review groups, partners, working groups, and sponsors. (10%)
  • Support small focused studies involving adaptation of technology to urgent or emerging problems. (10%)

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. in Mechanical, Electrical, Computer Engineering or other related technical discipline with 10 years of relevant experience in electronic hardware design, construction and testing. Experience in full lifecycle systems development including documentation and management of system configuration. Project management experience to include leading technical teams and/or projects. Experience coordinating efforts across multiple technical teams. Ability to effectively work within teams and independently. Excellent written and oral skills.

Desired Qualifications: M.S. in Mechanical, Electrical, Computer Engineering or other related technical discipline. Experience with Navy electronics and systems, Navy shipboard installations, standards, and procedures, TEMPALTs, marine and environmental sensors, navigation systems including GPS and inertial navigation systems.

Special Working Conditions: Must be able to work in closed, classified environments with small team of professionals. Must be willing to travel and participate in at-sea testing.

Security: TS/SCI Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for an SSBI and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. Preference for current SSBI. Eligibility requirements include US 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

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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