Senior Aerospace Engineer

Introduction: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking an experienced Aerospace Engineer to assist with the development and evaluation of aerospace systems.

Job Summary: Lead and participate in the detailed analyses of conceptual high-speed (high subsonic through hypersonic) air vehicle designs using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Build representative 3D models, evaluate designs, and validate results with available wind-tunnel tests or analytical models. Provide technical guidance on wind-tunnel test plans, model development, instrumentation and execution. Provide leadership to and mentor small engineering teams on various tasks.


  • Conduct analyses using various CFD codes, including grid generation and post-processing (60%)
  • Develop new techniques, simulation capabilities, and automated processes to increase quality of results and reduce overall simulation time. (20%)
  • Document CFD analyses and prepare technical reports and presentations (10%)
  • Lead and mentor engineering teams (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: MS or PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical engineering or other relevant technical discipline. 5-10 years of experience in using CFD (including grid generation, execution of CFD codes, post-processing, analysis, and documentation) to analyze complex aerospace vehicles. Experience with CFD and/or other major research CFD software, such as US3D, DPLR, OVERFLOW, or FUN3D. Ability to generate and evaluate complex grids for CFD analysis using grid generation software such as Pointwise, ICEM CFD, Grid Pro and/or OVERGRID. Experience with software visualization tools such as Tecplot, Ensight, Fieldview, and/or Paraview. Experience with UNIX/Linux Bash, Python, or Perl programming languages. Consistent record of accomplishment of successful technical work involving aerodynamics and propulsion systems related to air vehicles, missiles, and munitions. Demonstrated teaming skills involving engineering or analysis tasks. Strong oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills. High initiative, motivation, flexibility, and interest in working in a fast-paced team environment.

Desired Qualifications: PhD in Aerospace Engineering. A deep technical knowledge of high-speed fluid mechanics, aerothermodynamics, and air-breathing propulsion. Demonstrated knowledge of CFD code development, including understanding of algorithms, numerical schemes, and turbulence modeling. Experience in advanced CFD modeling, such as DES and LES.

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel by vehicle, aircraft, etc. to government and contractor facilities as required. Occasional work in secure facilities.

Security: TS/SCI Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for an SSBI and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. Preference for current SSBI. 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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