Senior Weapons Systems Engineer

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 a Senior Weapon Systems Engineer.

Job Summary: Provide systems engineering expertise and technical leadership to support the design, development, integration, analysis, and test & evaluation of long range strategic weapon systems and payloads.


  • Lead/coordinate technical studies to inform system development and sustainment. This includes organizing the study team, defining the study, leading/conducting the study, and developing and delivering technical products and presentations to the sponsor. (50%)
  • Apply life-cycle systems engineering expertise to the development and sustainment of weapon systems. Focus areas include requirements development and analysis, concept/technology evaluation/development, risk and safety assessments, integration and test and evaluation. (30%)
  • Regularly interface with technical groups and program managers, sponsors, and industry partners in the conduct of systems engineering and studies. (20%)

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: Bachelor's degree in engineering, physics, or related technical field. At least seven years systems engineering technical experience in the design, development and evaluation of complex weapon systems. Demonstrated ability to lead technical studies. Exceptionally strong interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to interface with sponsor, industry partners, and military personnel on a routine basis.

Desired Qualifications: Advanced degree in systems engineering, engineering, physics, or related discipline. DoD acquisition experience. Experience with new DoD program development to include concept development and Pre-Milestone A activities. Understanding of US Navy submarine operations or strategic weapons systems. Experience in systems engineering for missile systems.

Special Working Conditions: Periodic local travel and occasional overnight travel.

Security: Top Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information up to the Top Secret level. 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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