Systems Engineer - National Security Space

Introduction: 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 projects for national security space (NSS).

Job Summary: Lead engineering teams in the formulation, development, and execution of space mission concepts and system analysis in NSS. Projects range from analytical studies in cyber architectures, operations and control, space situational awareness, and space protection for example, to formulation of system concepts, to development of a flight mission or experiment, including hardware, software, integration and test, and operations.


  • Provide technical interface to sponsor and project management.
  • Perform systems level technical analysis, trade studies, and analysis of alternatives.
  • Formal communications through systems engineering documents, reports, proposals, and oral presentations.
  • Lead and participate in engineering team meetings and overall technical development efforts.
  • Develop and lead requirements, verification, and validation efforts.
  • Define and manage system interfaces.
  • Lead, coordinate, and present at technical design reviews.
  • Work with project manager in defining and managing project risks.
  • Lead and coordinate system level testing efforts.
  • Technical responsibility for delivering integrated missions, instrument payloads, spacecraft, or other mission articles.

Required Qualifications:

  • BS (or higher) in engineering, physics, or equivalent with a minimum of 10 years of professional engineering experience.
  • At least 5 years of experience with national security space related projects
  • Broad technical experience base and strong analytical skills.
  • 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 Systems Engineering
  • At least 5 years of Systems Engineering experience on national security space projects including a leadership role in the development of a space flight mission or significant space systems analysis.
  • Experience and familiarity working directly with national security space sponsors.
  • Currently active 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. Ability to hold a top secret/SCI is required.

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, and values diversity in its workforce. 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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