Missile Systems Engineer

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC, is seeking a Missile Systems Engineer.

Job Summary: Actively participate in trade studies, performance assessments, and conceptual design studies of missile systems. Become a Subject Matter Expert (SME) of the related simulation / design tools and associated missile subsystems. Participate in the integration and testing of missile systems.


  1. Engineering analysis, design and performance assessment. (35%)
  2. Modeling and Simulation utilization and development. (35%)
  3. Missile Test and Evaluation activities. (10%)
  4. Document and present analysis findings as appropriate. (10%)
  5. Interact with sponsors and representatives of other organizations. (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 engineering or related technical discipline with relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of flight dynamics, guidance, navigation, flight control or propulsion.
  • Experience using modeling and simulation tools.
  • Strong computer and programming skills and proficient with MATLAB. Must be able to interact effectively with individuals of different experience levels and backgrounds including external industry and military personnel.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • The qualifications needed in this job also include initiative, interest in skill development and the flexibility to accept assignments of varied scope and skill.

Desired Qualifications:
  • M.S. in Aerospace engineering with 3+ years of missile systems and missile modeling and simulation related experience.
  • Strong background in flight dynamics and one or more missile subsystems.
  • Experience developing 3-DoF / 6-DoF missile simulations.
  • Design experience for missile and related subsystems.
  • Experience with optimal control software such as OTIS or POST.
  • Proficient with Simulink.

Special Working Conditions: Qualifications also include initiative, interest in skill development and the flexibility to accept assignments of varied scope and skill. Travel of 10 to 20 days a year is likely.

Security: Secret Clearance is required to perform essential functions of the position. 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 www.jhuapl.edu.

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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