Missile Systems Engineer

    • Laurel, MD

We are seeking motivated and hardworking engineers, mathematicians, and scientists to help us develop the next generation of solutions to our nation's most challenging precision strike problems. We need creative and innovative thinkers that will push the boundaries of capability by thinking creatively, taking risks, and collaborating across a team of engineers to develop the enabling technology for cruise missiles, ballistic and hypersonic missiles, and unmanned aerial systems, so the United States can maintain its military dominance.

As the Systems Engineer, you will work collaboratively with United States Government stakeholders and industry partners responsible for the development of hypersonic weapons for the armed forces. You will represent APL to provide direct systems engineering support to the sponsor and to coordinate engineering services with APL team members to serve the technical needs of the program.

Duties include:

  • Assisting the government sponsor in systems engineering activities such as developing requirements, identifying trade studies, developing interface control documents, planning tests, and assessing risks
  • Leading engineer teams in conducting trade studies; assessing hypersonic weapons subsystem and system level performance; conducting detailed physics-based engineering analysis of different engineering disciplines including structures, dynamics, thermal, and fluids; and analyzing test data
  • Producing and presenting technical briefings to the sponsor and producing other technical documentation

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

  • Have a B.S. degree in Engineering or similar field
  • Have a minimum of 5 years of applicable experience in weapon systems engineering to include design, analysis, fabrication, integration and testing.
  • Have proven experience successfully developing a new technical system
  • Have strong interpersonal skills working in a team environment with positive interaction
  • Have experience with aerospace industry
  • Can support ccasional travel by vehicle, aircraft, etc. to other government and contractor facilities as required. Travel could be as much as 25% at times. Majority of work occurs in secure facilities
  • Have an active Secret or higher level clearance. Applicant 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


You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...
  • Have a M.S. or PhD in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • Have 10 plus years of relevant experience
  • Have experience with hypersonic air vehicle development (system design, aero-thermal-structural analyses, high temperature materials), applicable across hypersonic flight regimes
  • Have experience developing hypersonic air vehicles with and without propulsion
  • Have integration and test experience associated with developing new missile 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. 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 atwww.jhuapl.edu/careers.

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.

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