Maritime 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 Maritime Systems Engineer.

Job Summary: Apply systems engineering, systems integration, and technology evaluation expertise in a trusted agent role for the Navy’s submarine, mine warfare and unmanned platforms programs. Provide subsystem technology evaluations, broad systems engineering evaluation and requirements development and validation, and hardware and software integration and testing in support of existing programs in the Force Projection Sector for DoD customers.


  • Apply maritime technology expertise to detailed evaluation and development of technical solutions as required by the sponsor. Topics include but are not limited to unmanned vehicle dynamics, acoustic systems integration, communications and control, on-board processing, power distribution, mechanical integrity, launch and recovery support, and integration of COTS sensors into systems. (40%)
  • Apply systems engineering expertise to work with DoD stakeholders and vendors in developing, implementing, testing, and maintaining systems for demonstration and prototype efforts as well as acquisition processes, milestones, and design reviews. (25%)
  • Work with multiple DoD system stakeholders to evaluate risk and to develop and implement test/evaluation strategies in order to support the mitigation of negative impacts on their programs and missions (15%)
  • Work with program managers to expand the breadth of technical challenges and explore new areas to which the group could contribute. Support sponsor engagement and concept development. Assist or lead activities to acquire new work for the Group, which may include proposal writing and meetings with the potential sponsors.(15%)
  • Support sponsor meetings at the Washington Navy Yard and/or Pentagon. Some meetings will be able to be supported via telecom or VTC. (5%)

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: BS in Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture, Electrical Engineering or related technical discipline. Minimum 7 years of experience in undersea systems or a field applicable to this position. Experience with system engineering methods and tools for undersea system development, integration, and technology analysis. Ability to lead or work as a member of team with minimum supervision. Proven ability to lead/participate in engineering teams to provide value added, technically sound solutions to system development and interoperability problems. Excellent written, verbal and briefing skills.

Desired Qualifications: MS in mechanical engineering, naval architecture, system engineering, or equivalent. Experience with undersea sensors (acoustic and non-acoustic). Demonstrated ability as a Project Manager. Ability to work within the government infrastructure and take on leadership roles in a diverse environment of contractors, government and user staff.

Special Working Conditions: Some travel required to include meetings (typically 4 days per month) at sponsor facility within 30 miles of JHU/APL. Additional regional or out of state travel may be required for stakeholder meetings, conferences, and platform integration and testing (possibly 1 to 7 days per month, up to 4 weeks a year).

Security: Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information up to the Secret level. 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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