Section Supervisor, Systems Concepts and Analysis

The Advanced Concepts and Technologies Group (A3G) in the Combat Systems Branch of the Air and Missile Defense Sector (AMDS) is currently looking for a technical expert and strong leader to take on the position of Section Supervisor of the Systems Concepts and Analysis section (A3G-4). The A3G-4 Section Supervisor will lead A3G-4 and assist the A3G Group Supervisor in leading a group of technically-oriented scientists and engineers focused on developing advanced technologies and algorithms in support of the Air and Missile Defense mission.

The ideal candidate is a proven leader and subject matter expert who can offer technical contributions to projects that employ advanced technology development, algorithm-, analysis-, and data-processing techniques to solve critical AMDS problems.

In AMDS we pride ourselves on pushing our highly-skilled team members to grow, specialize, and experiment in their own individual areas of interest, and to bring that unique expertise to bear on the critical challenges facing our nation. Become part of this innovative team at the forefront of groundbreaking technology development and analysis.

Duties for the A3G-4 Section Supervisor include:

1.Mission Effectiveness: Contribute significantly to the evolution and implementation of the A3G group vision, strategy, and execution (VSE) plan where the activities of your section staff provide part of a foundation for that VSE. Propose research initiatives and implementing inspiring strategies to address current and future challenges facing air and missile defense. Set a clear vision and path for the section and prioritizing analysis needs.
2.Organizational Competencies: Recognize analysis needs, work with supervisors/task leaders to evaluate the needs of their respective process, and determine the type of analysis tasks required. Assemble a team of relevant subject matter experts and employ the best tool sand methods to answer the sponsors' questions. Interface with M&S developers to ensure quality and confidence in software models as are applicable to study-specific needs. Interface heavily with sponsors and management both within and outside of APL. Analyze algorithms and M&S results to draw robust inferences about pertinent phenomena and their consequences on combat system behavior and performance. Compile technically solid conclusions and communicate clear recommendations to the sponsor.
3.Staff Development: Actively engage and partner with section staff to assess their strengths and their limitations. Work with staff to understand their career objectives and seeking to match staff development with project objectives. Mentor and coach staff members. Provide and guide staff development opportunities, including the annual performance coaching process.
4.Resources: Assess the section's current and future work and define and propose the analytical and physical infrastructure necessary to carry out that work. This may include suggesting new enhancements to facilities, computing resources, tools, laboratories, work spaces, etc. Assist with the annual capital and task planning processes.
5.Functional Responsibilities: Provide supervision and staff planning, including monitoring technical work for accuracy and quality. Delegate and assign task assignments to analysis team members and manage efficient execution for individual responsibilities. Assist the group supervisor in the interviewing and hiring processes. Assist with, and implement, staff development initiatives, including staff mentoring, onboarding, and working with staff to understand their career objectives. Support the section and its staff members by implementing AMDS and Laboratory policies and procedures.
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a national leader in scientific research and development. In that spirit, A3G is looking to cultivate and encourage today's most innovative, ambitious, dedicated thinkers to propose new technologies and provide solutions for next-generation problems. With a vast network of cutting-edge technology and resources-and a laboratory full of brilliant minds-we invite you to apply for this competitive and rewarding position and to seize the opportunity to impact the world in which we live.


Required Qualifications:

  • MS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, or other relevant field with 5+ years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proven history of successful and critical contribution to DoD sponsors on projects related to combat system analysis and M&S techniques
  • Must be a technical expert and demonstrate good understanding of the combat system, the BMDS, or other weapons control domains
  • Must be a self-starter, and be able to propose, convey, and develop innovative concepts independently
  • Demonstrated, strong verbal communication skills, including peer reviewed conference presentations or technical briefings to sponsors.
  • Excellent writing skills, including technical documentation and memos.
  • Ability to obtain Interim Secret prior to starting.

Desired Qualifications:

Demonstrated successful business development skills; authorship in peer reviewed journal articles.

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel as needed.

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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