Weapons 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 Weapons Systems Engineer.

Job Summary: Provide systems engineering expertise and special technical study leadership to support the concept development, prototype integration, analysis, and test & evaluation for an Intermediate Range Prompt Global Strike technology development activity and other Navy and Air Force weapon systems engineering efforts.


  1. Apply systems engineering expertise focusing on requirements generation, concept/technology development, risk assessments and test & evaluation of Navy and Air Force emerging missile systems and alternate payloads. (60%)
  2. Lead/coordinate quick turn-around special studies as directed by the Sponsor. This includes organizing the study team, providing thought leadership, ensuring quality of technical products and developing/delivering associated technical briefs to the sponsor. (30%)
  3. Participate in other Strategic Deterrence Mission Area (SDMA) systems engineering tasks. (10%)

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 or related technical discipline with a relevant background in systems engineering. At least 6 years systems level engineering experience and demonstrated technical experience including design, development or evaluation of at least one complex DOD weapon system. Exceptionally strong interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills. Ability to interface with senior military and civil service personnel. Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.

Desired Qualifications: Advanced degree in systems engineering or other related engineering field. DoD acquisition experience. Understanding of US Navy submarine operations and Navy and/or Air Force strategic weapons systems. Experience in systems engineering for missile systems. Experience using systems engineering tools for requirements management and system model development.

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel to sponsor, contractor and Government facilities for meetings and reviews.

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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