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Applied Physics Laboratory Test Mission Planning Engineer in Laurel, Maryland

Position Description

Are you searching for meaningful work supporting the defense of our Nation?

Do you love to contribute to a wide breadth of unique engineering challenges?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team in the Air and Missile Defense Weapons Branch at APL.

We are seeking a Flight Test Mission Planning Engineer to help us perform mission planning and analyses for air and missile defense flight test events. Our team has a real passion for effectively leading teams to sophisticated solutions and strives to foster an environment of collaboration and innovation. As a member of our team, you will make highly impactful contributions to test scenario concept design, pre-flight trajectory assessment, on-site mission execution support, analysis of intercept debris, and orbital safety collision avoidance screening.

As a Flight Test Mission Planning Engineer...

  • Your primary responsibility will be performing analysis and developing deliverable documentation utilized for the design and execution of Air & Missile Defense flight tests. Analysis areas include: flight test scenario design, vehicle trajectory assessment, test asset location placement, intercept debris analysis, orbital safety collision avoidance screening, and real-time target performance assessment procedures. There will be opportunities to brief your analysis at flight test review meetings. (40%)
  • You will maintain configuration control of models and documentation for flight test missions. This requires regular interaction other groups within the Applied Physics Laboratory and external partner organizations conducting analysis for flight tests (10%)
  • You will support mission execution through real time target performance assessment, orbital safety and other types of launch window screening, and support post-mission reconstruction activities. (20%)
  • You will perform additional special studies & short-term analyses requested by sponsors and assist in the maintenance of existing analysis software tools and development of new tools. (20%)
  • You will collaborate with others to develop and implement novel approaches for conducting launch orbital safety for exo-atmospheric flight tests in a rapidly growing space environment of satellite mega constellations. (10%)

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Possess a BS in Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering, or related field with a strong academic record.
  • At least 5+ years of experience in disciplines such as trajectory analysis, flight mechanics, aerodynamics, and propulsion.
  • Have a dynamic personality and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exhibit effective organizational and planning skills and the ability to multitask, with a record of accomplishment in a team environment.
  • Are proficient in MATLAB or other scripting languages.
  • Are willing and able to support travel to flight test ranges during test missions (two to three weeks per event is typical) and to government and contractor sites across the United States for planning meetings and data reviews. Occasional international travel may be required.
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a Top Secret level 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.

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

  • A MS in Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering, or related field, with past work experience in Test and Evaluation.
  • A working knowledge of Missile Defense Agency and the Missile Defense System and its elements.
  • Extensive experience with advanced MATLAB programming, C++, Fortran, or Python. Experience working in a Linux environment with distributed processing, and Microsoft Visual Studio or GCC compilers.
  • Proven ability to effectively develop a team of technical staff in solving complex problems.

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. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Primary Location: United States-Maryland-*Laurel

Req ID: 25754