Missile Defense Systems Engineer

Laurel MD Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)


Are you searching for impactful work vital to our national security?


Are you passionate about developing and evaluating system level requirements of missile defense systems?


If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL!


The Engagement Optimization Group (A3I) is a complementary team of mathematicians, engineers, and software developers working together to enhance defense architectures. We provide assessments for fielding decisions of groundbreaking missile defense capabilities to defeat evolving ballistic and hypersonic missile threats.


We are seeking a talented systems engineer to assess satisfaction of requirements at both the element level and system level. Our team is committed to fielding systems to protect our deployed forces and the homeland. We strive to foster a collaborative and innovative environment. Our team values each members contributions and strives to achieve excellence.


As a Missile Defense Systems Engineer …

  • Your primary responsibility will be to develop missile defense system (MDS) element requirements and evaluate system performance requirements are achieved using all available data sources for evidence including ground test and flight test events.
  • You will work closely with government, contractors, and FFRDC/UARC teams to develop requirements and assessments for future increments of the MDS to counter evolving threats.
  • You will develop briefing material and brief sponsors regarding future system requirements and the assessment of programmed system elements' ability to meet these requirements.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you…

  • Possess a BS in Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or an equivalent field.
  • Have 5+ years of experience working in missile defense.
  • Are skilled in Systems Engineering and able to evaluate analysis products to validate that system requirements are met.
  • Are willing and able to travel to meetings in and around the National Capital Region as well as 15% travel to other MDA sites.
  • Hold an active Secret. If selected, you 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.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you…

  • Have previous experience working with the Aegis Weapon System or other elements of the Missile Defense System.
  • Have an active TS/SCI security clearance. If selected, you 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.


Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.


At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at http://www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Accommodations@jhuapl.edu. Only by ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

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