Defensive Systems Engineer / Analyst - Part-Time

AMDS - Air and Missile Defense Sector

Are excited about learning and are passionate about making a difference?

Do you want to collaborate with a diverse set of outstanding technologists?

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

APL’s Air and Missile Defense Sector (AMDS) has been crafting innovative solutions to our Nation’s most difficult challenges posed by evolving aircraft, missile, and surface threats. As a not-for-profit University Affiliated Research Center, we partner with government and industry to plan the future, solve the hard problems, and get capabilities delivered.

We are seeking multiple highly-skilled technical specialists to help us develop conceptual designs, evaluate and refine kinematic systems, propose improvements, verify results, analyze ground test data and execute fight tests. Most of our work is focused on the highly interdisciplinary development of missile systems, and contributions are needed in a huge number of areas: computer science, simulation, signal processing, aerospace and mechanical engineering, thermal and structural design, electro-optical systems, radars, electrical engineering, guidance, navigation and control and system testing. 

As a Engineer/Analyst, you will:

  • Practice your craft on one or more technical programs.
  • Learn from the specialists in your functional group and share your experiences to help make the group more effective.
  • Work with the interdisciplinary project teams across APL, our sponsor base, and industry peers.
  • Deliver technical solutions, analyses, plans, creative designs, and summary briefings.

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

  • Posses a degree in engineering, physics, computer science, mathematics, or a related field.

  • Have professional experience in one of following areas:  signal processing, electrical engineering, computer science, aerospace and mechanical engineering, simulation, electro-optical systems, radars, thermal and structural design, guidance, navigation and control and system testing.

  • Have demonstrated ability to continue to grow and learn professionally (e.g. an advanced degree, formal coursework, completion of relevant training, etc.).

  • Have excellent interpersonal skills, written and oral communications skills, and organizational skills, with a record of accomplishment in a team environment.

  • Ability to obtain an Interim Secret by your start date and ultimately a final Secret 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.

  •  Ability to work on-site at our Laurel, MD location most of the time in order to complete sensitive and collaborative work.

  • The ability to contribute at least 30 hours per week to the position.

  • Can 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.


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


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