Model Based 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 Model Based Systems Engineer.

Job Summary: Provide system modeling expertise, systems engineering expertise, and technical leadership to support the systems development, integration, analysis, and evaluation of large-scale weapon systems and payloads.


  • Apply expertise in architecture and model-based systems engineering to the development and evaluation of complex strategic deterrent systems and supporting infrastructure. Develop and implement system models to support development and integration of new strategic deterrent systems and modernization and sustainment of existing systems. (70%)
  • Apply systems engineering expertise focusing on requirements generation, concept/technology development, risk assessments and test & evaluation of emerging systems for strategic deterrent missions. (20%)
  • Deliver formal presentations to sponsors and supporting contractors, and effectively communicate proposed concepts/solutions and analysis results. Produce documentation that captures concept definitions, requirements, analysis results, and technical recommendations. (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: Bachelor’s degree in engineering, mathematics, physics or related technical field, with five years of relevant work experience in systems engineering. Three years of experience in system modeling using UML/SysML and associated modeling software. Exceptionally strong interpersonal and leadership skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Strong critical thinking skills. Ability to interact effectively with and lead diverse, multidisciplinary teams, including industry and government sponsors.

Desired Qualifications: Graduate degree in systems engineering. Broad system engineering experience including early concept development, requirements generation, design, test and evaluation, and risk assessment for a complex weapon system. Relevant OMG certifications. Understanding of DoDAF. Familiarity with NoMagic MagicDraw modeling software. Model Based Systems Engineering experience. Experience integrating physics-based models into a system model. Work experience with Navy Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) or other DoD acquisition commands. U.S. Navy submarine operational knowledge. Knowledge of Trident II Strategic Weapon System.

Special Working Conditions: Periodic, short duration visits to sponsor offices at the Washington Navy Yard and to supporting contractor sites. (10%)

Security: Secret Clearance is required. 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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