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 in the Strategic Deterrence Mission Area.

Job Summary: Provide systems engineering and technical leadership to support the design, development, integration, analysis, and evaluation of long range strategic weapon systems and payloads.


  • Apply weapon systems engineering approaches to the development and sustainment of strategic weapon systems. Focus areas include requirements development and analysis, concept/technology evaluation/development, risk and safety assessments, and test and evaluation. (60%)
  • Perform special studies as directed by the sponsor. (20%)
  • Deliver formal presentations and written reports to sponsors and participating organizations, and effectively communicate proposed concepts 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:

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, mathematics, physics, or related technical field, with 5 years of relevant work experience in systems engineering and analysis. Experience in weapon system design, development, operation, or evaluation. Strong critical thinking skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Desired Qualifications:

Graduate degree in engineering, mathematics, physics, or related technical field. Project management experience. Knowledge or experience with strategic weapon system operation or evaluation.

Special Working Conditions: Periodic local travel and occasional overnight travel. (15%)

Security: Top Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information up to the Top Secret level. 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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