Modeling and Simulation Engineer

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

Job Summary: Responsible for designing physics-based models of a wide variety of multi-disciplinary systems.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

  1. Model Development - utilize existing or acquired systems design and operational expertise to build mathematical, logical, and software models of complex real-world and deployed military systems. (50%)
  2. Software Specification - work with project managers and software engineers to establish design requirements and algorithms that model the above-mentioned systems. (35%)
  3. Simulation Architecture Design - work with project engineers and development teams to design robust simulation architectures. Improve existing simulation architectures to interact with the environment and others systems. (15%)
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 Physics, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or other related technical discipline, and at least 2 years relevant professional level experience to include strong systems analysis skills. Experience in building physics-based conceptual models along with specifying algorithms of those models for software engineers. Experience implementing and testing of software models. Experience with C++, Matlab, Python, or other object-oriented programming language. Exposure to Simulink and/or LabVIEW and industry standard software development tools. Good communication skills, both verbal and written. Must work effectively in a team environment and be able to multi-task and support multiple development projects concurrently. The ideal candidate should have strong initiative, creativity, breadth of experience, and a desire to learn. Active Secret clearance.

Desired Qualifications:
  • M.S. in Physics, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or Computer Science. Ability to research and develop expertise in a variety of systems (e.g., missiles, UAVs UUVs, submarines, balloons). Familiarity with the agile software development process. Familiarity with simulation unit, acceptance, regression, and V&V test processes.
Special Working Conditions: Some US travel may be required, not likely to exceed a few trips per year.

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

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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