Navigation System Analyst/Engineer

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

Job Summary:

Perform Engineering and Analysis to develop a modern, system of systems approach to Navigation on US Navy platforms.


  • Apply systems engineering principles to develop strategic roadmaps for afloat and submarine navigation enclaves. Identify performance, operational and interface requirements, develop phasing and test plans, identify future navigation capabilities and responses to emerging challenges. Interface with US Navy sponsors, contracting organizations, and ships' crews. (50%)
  • Perform technical analysis to validate navigation system requirements and performance against the requirements. Assess proposed system changes for impact on performance requirements. (20%)
  • Support navigation system testing at field test sites and at-sea on US Navy surface ships and submarines. (10%)
  • Provide technical support in support of sponsor-driven positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) initiatives. Conduct studies of PNT architecture, algorithms, and operational concepts. Provide engineering assessments and technical analysis of proposed PNT designs. (10%)
  • Document and present performance evaluation and analysis results to colleagues, US Navy sponsors and other customers. Provide debriefs and training for ships' crews. (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 Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, or other relevant technical degree, or equivalent relevant experience. 2 years' of relevant experience interfacing with US Navy organizations and industry partners on technical programs. Demonstrated analytical ability and experience performing system engineering tasks on complex systems. Capability to work independently and in support of a team. Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Desired Qualifications:

MS in Physics, Mathematics, Engineering or equivalent relevant experience. 5 years' experience with surface or submarine operations and US Navy navigation systems. Knowledge of the principles of inertial navigation, timing, and sensor integration. Familiarity with various navigation sensors such as GPS, radar, fathometers, and speed logs.

Special Working Conditions: Some travel, including opportunities to support special tests at test sites and at sea.

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 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

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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