Senior Weapon Control System Systems Engineer

    • Laurel, MD

Do you love working on large complex systems?

Are you searching for meaningful systems engineering work where you can help define and architect critical weapons systems for our military?

Do you want your work to have significant impact?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

We are seeking a systems engineer to help us define, architect, design, and evaluate current and future US Navy surface ship and submarine weapons control systems. You will join a hardworking team of engineers working with government and industry partners to apply systems engineering and operational expertise to solve complex technical problems to integrate new capabilities.

As a Systems Engineer, your primary responsibility will be to...

  • Define and analyze system, hardware and software requirements including traceability and testability, interfaces, architecture, and design products. You will identify discrepancies and provide actionable recommendations to achieve system capabilities.
  • Conduct research, trade studies, and engineering analyses, and propose concepts or solutions to address technical issues and concerns. You will communicate resultant recommendations and supporting data to advise our US Navy customers.
  • Provide systems engineering expertise to technical reviews in support of Department of Defense major weapon systems development efforts.
  • Deliver formal presentations and effectively communicate proposed concepts/solutions and analysis results. You will produce reports that bring together concept definitions, requirements, analysis results, and technical recommendations.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you…
  • Possess a BS degree in systems engineering, computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related field.
  • Have 7 years of relevant professional experience in a combination of systems engineering and weapon systems operations work.
  • Are highly skilled in early concept development, developing system requirements, performing functional analysis and allocation, assessing software and hardware design, and conducting trade studies.
  • Have the ability to conduct risk identification and assessments.
  • Have excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Are willing and able to travel periodically to Government and contractor sites within the continental US approximately two-three days per month.
  • Are able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a Government clearance investigation to determine if you meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Possess a MS degree in systems engineering, computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related field.
  • Have experience in strike warfare weapon control systems on U.S. Navy surface combatants/submarines.
  • Have additional professional experience working within a DoD systems acquisition environment.
  • Have familiarity with systems engineering design tools and methodology such as MBSE and SysML.
  • Have familiarity with DoD cybersecurity, software/hardware assurance, or program protection planning.
  • Have experience with the Tomahawk Weapons System.

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. With a wide selection of meaningful, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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