Systems Engineer/Systems Analyst


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 Systems Engineer/Systems Analyst to make critical contributions to critical engineering challenges facing our military sponsors.

Job Summary: Participate in an engineering-team environment. Work within a culture in which innovation is encouraged and supported. Contribute throughout the lifecycle of multiple Air and Missile Defense (AMD) systems for the U. S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Ideate and explore concepts alongside a wide range of staff members with various academic backgrounds and experience levels. Transition innovative ideas and concepts (e.g., algorithms) into solutions (e.g., applications) to critical engineering and operational challenges. Participate as a systems engineer in system lifecycle development activities, including but not limited to, requirements and architecture definition, trade studies, requirements analysis, detailed design, system verification and validation for AMD programs, and operational support to assess critical, emerging engineering issues. Utilize M&S tools to (a) conduct analyses to establish capabilities and limitations, (b) define requirements for systems to overcome these engineering issues, © support Test and Evaluation (T&E) activities, and (d) conduct analysis to prepare for real world scenarios facing our armed services worldwide.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

  • Participate in systems engineering activities including concept development, rapid prototyping, requirements definition and analysis. Work to include algorithm design, algorithm implementation, software tool development, testing, and associated documentation. (40%)
  • Provide subject matter expertise for military test events and real world scenarios by conducting research, studies, and analysis to provide supporting data and associated recommendations for U.S. Navy and MDA decision makers. (40%)
  • Develop and deliver formal presentations to sponsors and the engineering community. Effectively communicate proposed concepts/solutions and analysis results. Produce documentation to capture concept definitions, requirements, analysis results, and technical recommendations (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: BS degree in Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Mathematics or equivalent. Three to five years experience in data/requirements analysis or systems engineering. Knowledge and application of Object-Oriented Design (OOD) principles with some computer programming experience. Experience working successfully within a team environment in the work place. Good written and verbal communication skills.

Desired Qualifications: MS degree in Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering or equivalent . Six to ten years experience in data analysis or system engineering. Familiarity with the Agile software development process. Programming experience with MatLab. Proven success working in a multi-disciplinary team environment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Working knowledge of the United States Navy Aegis Combat System. Current Top Secret clearance and/or approved for SCI access.

Special Working Conditions [Travel, working in closed areas, extended hours]: Occasional travel to sponsor, contractor and peer organization facilities for meetings and reviews. Possible occasional support of test events involving extended hours, travel aboard Navy ships, and travel to field site activities. International travel is not envisioned at this time.

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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