Test Target Systems and Requirements Engineer

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 an experienced Missile Defense Target System and Requirements Engineer to support requirements development, vehicle design, and performance trade studies for test targets used for missile defense flight testing. This position is located in Laurel, Maryland.


  • Process threat and weapon system information to assist in the formulation of target requirements. (20%)
  • Generate target vehicle requirements documents and mission requirements documents for missile defense testing. Maintain configuration management of requirements documentation (20%)
  • Develop and maintain 3DOF and 6DOF simulations of launch vehicle configurations. Use available 6DOF codes such as TAOS and POST as well as in-house codes. Develop and implement models for aerodynamics, propulsion and mass properties. Use models developed to assess vehicle performance and for various trade studies. (20%)
  • Perform trade studies to quantify performance sensitivities to booster selection, payload mass, guidance navigation and control strategies, launch modes, aerodynamics, atmospherics, and sequences of events. Perform analyses to support range safety activities such as separated booster impact estimations. Assess contractor-provided trajectory sets for requirements compliance. (20%)
  • Perform analyses of target solution alternatives and cost trades for present and future target activities. Perform analyses/investigations necessary to resolve instance of target hardware non-compliance with requirements (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:

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or Physics. At least 5 years of directly applicable work experience in Missile Defense Test and Evaluation or ballistic missile development. Understanding of adversary threats and capabilities. Familiarity with missile flight trajectories and signatures. Familiarity with the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). Ability to process trajectory and signature statistical/Monte Carlo information using MATLAB. Effective and proven interpersonal skills and writing skills. Ability to work effectively independently as well as in a team environment. Secret Clearance upgradeable to Top Secret. This position is located in Laurel, Maryland.

Desired Qualifications: MS or PhD in a technical/engineering discipline, ten years of directly applicable experience, Top Secret Clearance.

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel to target contractor facilities, sponsor facilities, and test events.

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 www.jhuapl.edu.

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 orientation, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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