Missile Systems/Reentry 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 Missile Systems/Reentry Systems Engineer.

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


  • Engineering analysis, studies and performance assessment. (40%)
  • Modeling and Simulation utilization and development. (40%)
  • Document and present analysis findings as appropriate. (10%)
  • 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 and experience using modeling and simulation tools.
  • Strong computer and programming skills and proficiency 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. or PhD in engineering or related technical discipline with 3 years of missile systems and missile modeling and simulation related experience.
  • The ideal candidate would have a strong background in flight dynamics, 3-DoF / 6-DoF flight vehicle simulations, and numerical optimization with working knowledge of trajectory optimization packages such as OTIS, POST, SOCS, or GPOPS II, and non-linear programming packages such as SNOPT, IPOPT, or KNITRO.
  • Functional knowledge of GPS/INS systems and adaptive control is also desired.

Special Working Conditions: Some travel (4 to 6 trips per year of duration one week or less).

Security: Secret clearance is required. Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. 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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