Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Post Doctoral Fellow Opportunities

3+ months agoLaurel, MD

Are you passionate about space science? Do you want to be part of a team exploring our solar system or pioneering space missions that enhance our national security?

If so, we are looking for someone like you to join Johns Hopkins APL as a Postdoctoral Fellow!

We are seeking creative aerospace engineers, systems engineers, computer scientists and space physicists to help us discover our next defining innovation. As a member of our team, you will join our hardworking staff in the Space Systems and Analysis Branch (SA Branch) where we apply systems engineering methods to solve complex problems. The SA Branch is leading efforts in mission design, guidance and control, navigation, space environmental modeling, autonomous control of operational systems, end-to-end mission concept development, and science data fusion and visualization.

As a Senior Space Engineer, you may...

- Engage with the broad national and international scientific communities to support current and future missions

- Develop tools to support science-based analysis in planetary science and Heliophysics

- Develop models to create physics-based simulations of space-based missions and instruments

- Perform orbit determination and analysis for near-Earth Spacecraft and Space Situational Awareness

- Develop CONOPS and algorithms to support Attitude Control

- Participate and lead new space development programs, as well as team with other staff to develop novel concepts for future missions


You meet our minimum qualifications if you have...

1. A PhD in aerospace engineering, systems engineering, computer science, physics or a related field

2. Expertise in the development and writing of proposals for spaceflight instruments and missions

3. Demonstrated ability to obtain external funding for space-based instrumentation and data analysis projects

4. Demonstrated and effective communication skills

You will go above and beyond our minimum qualifications if you have...

1. Experience with Astrodynamics and Control Systems

2. Experience with Space Environmental modeling and autonomous control of operational systems

3. Experience with the end-to-end mission concept development

4. Domain experience in plasma physics and planetary geology

5. Domain experience with MILSATCOM

6. Demonstrated and effective leadership and management skills

7. Experience developing software in Java, Python, or Matlab

8. Experience with energetic particle instruments, magnetometers, or plasma measurements

9. Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at