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FPS - Force Projection Sector

Are you passionate about Navigation, Guidance, and Control (NG&C)?

Are you intrigued by evaluating missile and hypersonic reentry vehicle performance using advanced simulation tools and real flight test data?

Are you up to the challenge of working with and learning from specialists in the field of inertial navigation and state estimation?

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

We are seeking an inquisitive engineer with a background in Inertial Navigation and Kalman Filters to help us evaluate the performance of our Nation’s most advanced hypersonic and ballistic missile systems.

As a Flight Analysis Engineer, your primary responsibilities will be to...

  • Analyze flight test data collected from navigation sensors including inertial measurement units (IMU), Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, and other sensor systems (e.g. RADAR).
  • Develop proficiency with analysis tools and methods to understand overall flight performance of ballistic missile and reentry systems.
  • Support the design, development, and maintenance of flight analysis software and procedures required to evaluate current and future flight system performance.
  • Present findings to a broad internal audience as well as sponsors and external organizations at working groups, post-flight briefings, and program reviews.

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

  • Have a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Physics (or closely related technical field).
  • Have professional experience or coursework in one or more of the following: Estimation Methods (Kalman Filters), Inertial Navigation, or Flight Dynamics.
  • Have a strong sense of curiosity to understand how and why a system works and the ambition to follow up on that curiosity.
  • Are proficient in Matlab.
  • Are willing and able to travel occasionally (potentially 2-3 trips per year of duration one week or less).
  • Are able to obtain Interim Secret clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a 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 an M.S. (or above) in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Physics (or closely related technical field) or 5+ years of relevant professional experience.
  • Have proficiency with simulation tools (functional or covariance) that predict the performance of dynamic systems.
  • Currently hold an active Secret clearance (or above).

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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