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Columbia, MD 21044
Aerospace and Defense
Job Type
Full Time
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
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Combat Systems Engineer / Analyst

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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 Combat Systems Engineer/Analyst to contribute to critical Test and Evaluation (T&E) events for Surface Navy Combat Systems.

Job Summary:  Participate in a multi-disciplinary team to advance the capability of U.S. Navy systems to successfully carry out the missions of anti-air warfare (AAW) and complementary portions of Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD). Team and collaborate within APL, across Navy laboratories and including prime contractors to prepare for, conduct, and evaluate critical T&E activities that enable naval combat/weapon systems to successfully defeat challenging threats. Represent APL and PEO IWS in established working groups (WGs) and integrated product teams (IPTs) related to Aegis T&E milestones. These milestones include, but are not limited to, Scenario Certification, Mission Readiness Reviews (MRRs), Range Readiness Reviews, Mission Readiness Assessments (MRAs), Mission Control Panels (MCPs), Waterfront Integration Tests (WITs), Combat Ship System Qualification Trials (CSSQTs), Quick Look Reports, and Mission Data Reviews. Provide valuable engineering contributions across the spectrum of T&E related activities, specifically including scenario development, establishing test objectives, test plan development, requirements definition, test execution, and data analysis. 

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

  1. Lead and/or provide strong contributions to Aegis Test and Evaluation Working Groups (WGs) and/or Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) that have been chartered to conduct combat system analysis, define requirements, develop test scenarios and test objectives. (50%)

  2. Provide on-site analysis support of combat/weapon system performance testing to assess current naval defense capabilities. Select and use the appropriate models & simulations to predict combat system performance and compare actual test results to predicted performance. (30%)

  3. Develop and deliver formal presentations to sponsors and the engineering community. Effectively communicate analysis results, conclusions, and proposed concepts/solutions. Produce documentation to capture scenario development, test objectives, and combat system analysis. (20%)


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 Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or equivalent. At least 3 years of experience working with DoD systems. Experience in conducting/leading system engineering activities and associated analysis. Experience in developing and/or using medium to high fidelity modeling & simulation tools to conduct analyses. Experience in supporting one or more of the specific milestones associated with pre-test preparation, actual test events, and/or post-test analysis/reconstruction.  Demonstrated success operating in a multi-disciplinary team environment. Strong oral and written communication skills.
Desired Qualifications: MS degree in Systems Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or equivalent. At least 10 years of experience working with naval combat/weapon systems. Experience using Aegis analysis tools such as Mercury and Phoenix. Experience with Aegis CSSQT process. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Special Working Conditions [Travel, working in closed areas, extended hours]Travel by land and/or air to/from sponsor, contractor, and peer organization facilities for meetings and reviews. Periodic support of test events involving extended work hours, travel to/from test sites, and travel aboard ships (both pier side and underway).

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information up to an including the SECRET level. 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 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, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


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