Space and Missile Defense Systems Test Engineer

Job Summary: This position is for a systems engineer in the areas of space and missile defense testing. The applicant should have knowledge of and have worked on space and missile defense systems with a focus on the testing of such systems.


  1. Define requirements for and manage the development, execution, and assessment of experiments and testing activities in the areas of missile defense and space control
  2. Implement integrated test planning and execution for the Spacebased Kill Assessment sensor system
  3. Interface with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Air Force, and Intelligence Community
  4. Identify and develop business opportunities in related fields; conduct sponsor engagements, and author proposals

Required Qualifications:
  • B.S. in engineering, physical sciences, or mathematics plus 7 years of experience in space/missile defense systems with an emphasis on testing. OR M.S. in engineering, physical sciences, or mathematics plus 4 years of experience in space/missile defense systems with an emphasis on testing.
  • Experience working within the Missile Defense Agency's IMTP, test planning, and test execution processes
  • Experience with tools such as System Tool Kit (STK), MATLAB.
  • Current Secret clearance

Desired Qualifications:
  • M.S. in engineering, physical sciences, or mathematics.
  • 10 years of experience in MDA testing.
  • Current TS/SCI clearance.

Special Working Conditions: Some travel may be required

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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