Missile Test and Evaluation Engineer

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 Test and Evaluation Engineer.

Job Summary: Perform test and evaluation, reliability assessment, design, and concept analyses on Navy / Air Force strategic missile systems


  1. Missile system test and evaluation, primarily in support of the Navy Trident II and Air Force strategic missile programs, including assessments of reliability and maintainability issues. (35%)
  2. Evaluation of SSBN data products and flight test telemetry to determine missile and reentry body performance during submarine deterrent patrol and flight tests. (20%)
  3. Support other group tasking in the areas of missile and reentry body modeling and simulation, range systems evaluation, and field site support for flight tests. (20%)
  4. Reliability modeling related to missile and reentry systems. (10%)
  5. Document and present analysis findings as appropriate and interact with sponsors and representatives of other agencies. (10%)
  6. Support of test operations at field sites during SSBN submarine shakedown operations and missile flight tests. (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:

  • B.S. in engineering or other related technical discipline
  • Knowledge of key missile/reentry subject areas such as aerodynamic performance, flight dynamics, guidance, flight control, and propulsion
  • Strong computer background and programming skills, including MATLAB
  • Must be able to interact effectively with individuals of different experience levels and backgrounds including external industry and military personnel
  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written are required
  • The qualifications needed in this job also include initiative, interest in skill development and the flexibility to accept assignments of varied scope and skill
  • Active Secret or higher level clearance

Desired Qualifications:

  • M.S. in Aerospace, Mechanical, or Electrical engineering with 3 years experience specific to the evaluation or modeling and simulation of missile and/or reentry systems or subsystems, including MATLAB Simulink
  • Strong background in missile body functional, aerodynamic, and interface performance requirements
  • Design experience for related missile and reentry body subsystems
  • Previous experience with Navy / Air Force strategic missile and/or reentry systems

Special Working Conditions: Some travel required for meetings and field tests (approx. 20-25 days per year).

Security: Top 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 Top 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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