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Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Missile Defense Systems Modeling and Analysis Engineer

Laurel, MD


Are you looking for exciting opportunities to develop, analyze, and model state of the art concepts in missile defense?

Do you love working in an exciting and collaborative environment to tackle challenging technical problems? Do you want to have a meaningful impact on the world around you and contribute to solving critical challenges that face the country?

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

We are seeking a hardworking engineer/mathematician (or equivalent background) to help us develop the next generation of solutions to our nation's most challenging air and missile defense problems. As the threats to our defenses grow, we need creative thinkers and leaders that will push the boundaries of capability to ensure we stay ahead of these threats by thinking outside the box, taking risks, and collaborating across a team of engineers.

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As a Missile Defense Systems Modeling and Analysis Engineer...

  • Your primary responsibility will be contributing to the development and assessment of Missile Defense systems.
  • You will model, analyze, and lead perform assessments of fielded systems and find opportunities for improvement, propose and develop innovative concepts/algorithms to improve capabilties, and conduct analysis to assess potential future systems performance.
  • You will develop presentations to effectively communicate technical recommendations to APL leadership, government sponsors, and the engineering community.
  • You will contribute to a dynamic group culture to uphold core values through participation in collaborative teams and activities, as well as a dedication to continual improvement, innovation and risk-taking, and developing high quality products.


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

  • Have a Bachelor's in electrical engineering, physics, mathematics, or equivalent degree
  • Have at least 1+ years of experience in a professional engineering setting
  • Have proficiency using MATLAB to conduct modeling and simulationm, perform analysis, and create visualizations
  • Excel in a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Are an effective communicator, both written and verbal
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a Top Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security 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 specific domain knowledge of Missile Defense Agency systems, sensors, battle managers, and interceptors (e.g., GMD, THAAD, AN/TPY-2, LRDR, PATRIOT, C2BMC, etc)
  • Have proven experience in leading complex, multi-disciplinary analyses
  • Have profiency using version control software to develop MATLAB simulations in a team environment
  • Have proficiency using MATLAB to develop even-driven simulations using object-oriented programming capabilities
  • Have a Top Secret or higher 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. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL 's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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_55037
Employment Type: Other