Physical Scientist/Engineer – Hypervelocity Impact Phenomena


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is a physical scientist or engineer to participate in investigations related to computational modeling of hypervelocity impact phenomena.

Job Summary:

Hypervelocity impacts involve interactions of complex processes including shock physics, phase changes, material failure and fragmentation, and chemical reactions. Understanding these processes is important for multiple applications in space science. We are seeking a scientist or engineer to participate in our ongoing modeling studies of hypervelocity impacts.


  • Lead phenomenological studies of hypervelocity impact physics.
  • Develop new physical models for impact-related processes.
  • Run and analyze large-scale numerical simulations.
  • Document results and present to collaborators and sponsors.

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:

  • Ph.D. in physical sciences or engineering (e.g., physics, chemistry, materials science, or similar).
  • Experience with modeling and simulation

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in numerical physics modeling and theory
  • Experience with equations of state, plasma physics, radiation transfer, and/or fragmentation dynamics
  • Experience with hydrocodes (e.g. CTH, ALE3D) and/or computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methodologies

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel will be required to support meetings with sponsors and collaborators.

Security: 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

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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