Weapons Systems Analyst / Software Engineer

Introduction: The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (JH APL), an independent, nonprofit, national leader in technology research is seeking a creative Weapons System Analyst and Software Engineer. JH APL conducts essential research, development, prototyping, analysis, integration, and systems engineering to address national security challenges. Our technical staff take pride in achieving practical, operationally sound solutions to complex challenges, with a focus on innovation, game-changing capabilities, effectiveness, affordability, and timeliness. Join our team of engineers and scientists and make an impact on our nation's capabilities.

Job Summary: Participate in a team environment in the Command, Control, and Communications Group to develop and utilize tools to advance command and control and weapon control concepts, algorithms, and techniques for Integrated Air and Missile Defense to achieve a new Comprehensive Layered Defeat capability for the warfighters. Utilize these tools to (a) advance existing modeling and simulation capabilities, (b) prototype novel command and control and weapon control algorithms, and (c) evaluate game-changing concepts and alternatives.


  1. Participate in development of software algorithms and analysis tools for both a Command and Decision simulation and a Weapon Control simulation written in C++, Python, and MatLab. Work includes algorithm design, implementation, software testing, and associated documentation.
  2. Participate in brainstorming and analysis working groups to discuss and evaluate new novel concepts, alternatives, and approaches for IAMD and BMDS command, control, and communications to achieve a Comprehensive Layered Defeat capability against today's and tomorrow's most challenging conventional and asymmetric threats.
  3. Deliver formal presentations to Sponsors and engineering community. Effectively communicate proposed concepts, solutions, and analysis results. Produce documentation to capture concept definitions, requirements, analysis results, and technical recommendations.

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 Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, or equivalent. One year experience in software development using C, C++, MatLab and/or Python, modeling and simulation, or analysis. Experience working successfully within a team environment either at school or in the work place. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Active SECRET clearance or Ability to obtain INTERIM SECRET clearance .

Desired Qualifications: PhD or MS degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, or equivalent. Three years experience developing software using C, C++, MatLab and/or Python. Experience developing variable fidelity models and simulations. Strong analytical and logical skills and attention to detail. Creative problem solver with track record of generating innovative ideas. Proven success working in multi-disciplinary team environments. Working knowledge of the Aegis BMD System, Tactical Data Links, Command and Control Systems, and Common Services. Active TOP SECRET and SCI clearances.

Special Working Conditions: Travel (20% or more) to local and remote contractor facilities for meetings and reviews as necessary. Travel to support occasional test events involving extended or evening hours, travel aboard ships and to field site activities.

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

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