Weapon Systems 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 a Weapon Systems Engineer

Job Summary: Opportunity to work with a talented and motivated team of analysts on problems vital to long-term national security. Engage in system-level accuracy analysis of the nation’s most complex and significant strategic deterrent, the Trident Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM). Acquire subject matter expertise and contribute deep understanding of the current weapon system and future variants, including the Life Extension missile and the successor submarine. Evaluate tactically representative test flight data and assess performance characteristics of unique functional domains, such as demonstrated accuracy, submarine navigation, missile guidance, warhead deployment and reentry and weapons effects. Conduct system engineering investigations and special studies of accuracy concerns. Innovate and implement statistical estimation and physics-based analysis methodologies as needed.

Duties:

  • Perform special studies of accuracy and conduct systems engineering investigations. (30%)
  • Cumulative accuracy evaluation in support of SSP, STRATCOM , UK STRATSYS (20%)
  • Analysis of Trident Test flights (15%)
  • Methodology development and software implementation (15%)
  • Methodology and analysis results documentation (15%)
  • Present analysis results (5%)

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: Master’s degree in applied math, physics, statistics, systems engineering, or related discipline with 2 years of relevant experience gained professionally or via academic pursuits. Demonstrated ability to perform statistical estimation, quantitative evaluation, and/or physics-based modeling in support of assignments in above areas. Demonstrated ability to perform scientific programming using a high-level language, such as C , in support of same. Good written and oral communication skills. Must be able to work effectively with all levels of staff, external collaborators and sponsors

Desired Qualifications: PhD degree in applied math, statistics, physics, systems engineering, or related discipline strongly preferred. Experience in any of the following—maximum likelihood estimation, strategic weapon system accuracy analysis or aided inertial navigation error analysis.

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel for meetings, conferences, and field support.

Security: Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for a NAC/LAC (National Agency Check/Local Agency Check) and access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include US 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 identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


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