Air Force Strategic Systems Performance Evaluation Engineer

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
Laurel, MD
Jan 25, 2022
Jan 28, 2022
Full Time
Are you interested in the test and evaluation of our nation's premier missile systems?Are you passionate about strategic missile systems and the complex aerospace equipment they use?Do you love shaping a developing critical program and working closely with the government sponsor, while leading a diverse group of dedicated technical specialists in a collaborative teaming environment?Do you enjoy solving challenging problems with a diverse team of engineers?If so, we are seeking an engineer to lead and shape engagement efforts for the performance evaluation of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD). You would serve as a trusted partner to the sponsor and influence APL technical efforts to develop and integrate multiple flight systems, to include but not limited to, boosters, guidance, navigation & control, and reentry systems/reentry vehicles (RS/RV) into the Air Force's GBSD weapon system.Techical areas of interest include flight and ground test & evaluation, test, planning, reliability assessment, system performance evaluation, and performance requirements development. As a member of the team, you will also participate in field site testing for some missile systems.As an Air Force Strategic Systems Performance Evaluation Engineer You will lead sponsor engagement efforts to plan a performance evaluation effort, primarily in support of the Air Force GBSD systemYou will perform missile system test and evaluation, primarily in support of the Navy and Air Force strategic missile programs, including assessments of reliability and maintainability issuesYou will develop performance requirements for in-development missile systemsYou will advise government partners on test & evaluation planning and strategyYou will evaluate data products and flight test telemetry to determine missile and reentry body performance during submarine deterrent patrol and flight testsYou will support other group tasking in the areas of missile and reentry body modeling and simulation, range systems evaluation, and field site support for flight testsYou will perform reliability modeling related to missile and reentry systemsYou will document and present analysis findings as appropriate and interact with sponsors and representatives of other agenciesYou will support test operations at field sites during SSBN submarine shakedown operations and missile flight testsQualificationsYou meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you Have a BS in engineering, physics, math, or other related technical discipline with relevant experienceHave knowledge of key missile/reentry subject areas such as flight/ground testing, aerodynamic performance, flight dynamics, guidance, flight control, and propulsionHave a strong computer background and programming skills, including MATLABAre comfortable interacting effectively with individuals of different experience levels and backgrounds including external industry and military personnelHave strong communication skills both verbal and written are requiredHave demonstrated initiative, motivation, flexibility and interest in working in a team environment.Are able to travel occasionally to APL's Hill Air Force Base Field Office in Utah, as well as to supporting contractor sites and other military bases in the US Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a Top Secret level 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 US citizenshipCan demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you Have an advanced degree in engineering, physics, math, or other related technical discipline with 5+ years of experience in the early concept development, requirements analysis, design, test and evaluation, and/or risk assessment of complex weapon flight systemsHave previous expereince interacting closely with Air Force or other government sponsorHave technical experience with missile or space flight systems, to include but not limited to, boosters, guidance, navigation & control, and/or RS/RVHave design experience for related missile and reentry body subsystemsHave had previous experience with Navy / Air Force strategic missile and/or reentry systemsHave an active Top Secret clearanceWhy 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

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