Senior Mechanical Engineer - Thermal

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 Mechanical Engineer to assist with the development and evaluation of aerospace thermal systems.

Job Summary: Lead and participate in the detailed design and development of thermal systems related to conceptual air vehicle designs and subscale wind tunnel test hardware. Task management from design concept, through prototype fabrication and integration. Lead and mentor small engineering teams on differing design tasks.


  • Assist Program and Project leadership personnel with air vehicle thermal conceptual design, including multi-disciplinary analysis of the integration of vehicle subsystems. (40%)
  • Provide analysis to substantiate designs meet required criteria. (25%)
  • Document designs & analysis, prepare technical reports and briefings. (15%)
  • Interface with fabrication facility personnel to expedite hardware fabrication and resolve fabrication issues, and support integration and testing. (10%)
  • Lead and mentor engineering design 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 in Mechanical Engineering or other relevant technical discipline. Five or more years of applicable experience in thermal analysis and design. Relevant areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: design and analysis of thermal protection systems; high-temperature (insulation and structural) materials; laboratory and field testing of components and systems; design for thermal protection of electronics, and thermo-structural analysis. Proven ability to use computer-aided thermal analysis tools. Consistent record of accomplishments of successful technical work. Demonstrated teaming skills involving engineering and analysis tasks. Strong oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to effectively interface with Government leaders and industry technical contributors. High initiative, motivation, flexibility, and interest in working in a fast-paced team environment.

Desired Qualifications: PhD in Mechanical engineering. Expertise in high-temperature aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, and radiation heat transfer. Understanding of state of the art in thermal protection methods (active and passive) and their manufacturing, fabrication, and application. Ability to use CAD tools.

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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