Space 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 Space Systems Engineer to support new concept developments and ongoing space flight projects for both civil and national security space.

Job Summary: Lead engineering teams in the development and execution of space mission concepts. Project tasks range from formulation of system concepts to development of a flight mission including hardware, software, integration and test, and operations.


Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. in engineering, physics, or equivalent with a minimum of 5 years of professional engineering experience.
  • Space mission related experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership capability working with engineering teams and/or sponsors.
  • Demonstrated communications skills delivering presentations and in written documentation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • M.S. (or higher) in engineering, physics, or equivalent.
  • Formal systems engineering training and/or experience.
  • Technical experience and familiarity with instrument payloads.
  • Broad technical experience base and strong analytical skills.
  • Experience and familiarity working with civil and/or national security space sponsors.

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 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, and values diversity in its workforce.

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