Systems Engineer - Advanced Weapons Systems
Laurel, MD
Job Description The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Systems Engineer for advanced weapons systems.

Job Summary: Provide technical research, systems analysis and subject matter expertise for studies related to various military warfare systems including missiles, re-entry vehicles, and munitions delivered from gun-launched and aviation platforms.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

Develop systems engineering, integration, and test and evaluation processes and artifacts utilizing best practices. Design architecture and engineering models to instantiate and assess system configurations. Determine system requirements and perform analyses pertinent to total system effectiveness. Develop concepts of operations and risk assessments within the framework of current and projected threat environments. (30%)

Analyze and assess technologies pertinent to advanced strike weapon systems, with particular emphasis on military utility and feasibility and system functionality and interoperability with external systems. (25%)

Document analysis/engineering results, prepare reports, and establish material requirements for sponsors. This would include organizing the study team, ensuring quality of technical products and developing/delivering associated technical briefs. (20%)

Apply modeling, simulation and analytic techniques to the assessment of emerging technologies for application to strike warfare. (15%)

Work with industry, academic, and government laboratory staff to identify opportunities to apply promising emerging technologies to advanced weapon systems applications. (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:
BS in operations research/applied mathematics, engineering, physical science, or related field or comparable experience.

Fifteen or more years of professional experience related to USAF aviation strike operations.

General knowledge of military warfare systems including aircraft, weapons, sensors, communications networks and mission planning applications.

Strong interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills, ability to interact with sponsor representatives.

Demonstrated self-starter, motivated, flexible, and capable of working in a team environment.

Ability to work in a joint military environment, interfacing with senior staff officers on a regular basis.

Current Secret clearance with the ability to rapidly obtain a TS/SCI clearance.

Desired Qualifications:
MS in operations research/applied mathematics, engineering, physical science, or related field or comparable experience.

Twenty or more years of professional experience related to USAF aviation strike operations.

USAF Fighter Weapons School graduate with expert knowledge of USAF aircraft, weapons systems and mission planning applications.

Detailed knowledge of airborne and space-borne sensor systems and communications networks.

Detailed knowledge of DoD Planning, Programming and Budgeting, Acquisition Decision, and Research, Development, and Test and Evaluation systems.

Demonstrated ability to interface effectively with government sponsors.

Ability and willingness to travel to present work to customers, provide technical advice during new system development/system modification, and support laboratory/field testing.

Current/prior TOP SECRET/ SCI.

Special Working Conditions: Travel as needed by car and commercial aircraft to sponsor and contractor sites. Primary job location is the APL main campus at Laurel, MD.

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

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.
Job Type Full-time