Senior Manager, Space Science Instrumentation

SES - Space Exploration Sector

Do you have a passion for leading technical staff working on exciting Space Missions?

Are you a strong leader with an expertise in Spaceflight Instrumentation and Development?

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

We are seeking a Senior Manager to lead a team of Instrument Engineers and Scientists in the design and development of space instrumentation in support of the Space Exploration Sector and APL.

As the Group Supervisor of the Space Instrumentation Group, you will…


  • Lead a of team of 50+ engineers and scientists across an array of disciplines. Responsibilities include ensuring adequate funding for staff and adequate staffing for in-flight mission projects and studies in development, management of overhead budget, logistics, liaison with other APL Space Exploration Sector science and engineering groups, strategic planning, liaison with sponsors and external organizations with respect to ongoing flight instrumentation and future projects, hiring of new employees, career development, maintenance of facilities/laboratories and staff mentoring.
  • Provide leadership and support of Space Exploration Sector proposal development efforts in response to Announcement of Opportunities and other new business opportunities.
  • Participate in Space Exploration Sector management and leadership through engagement in areas of new business development, teaming with other Branches in the Space Sector and interfacing with external organizations. 

You meet our minimum qualifications if you have…

  • A Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or science discipline.
  • 15+ years of experience in the development of space flight instrumentation. 
  • Strong oral communication skills. 
  • Proven track record of managing technical staff members. 
  • Hold an active 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.

You will go above and beyond our minimum qualifications if you have…

  • A Master’s or PhD degree in an engineering or science discipline.
  • Have ability to obtain a Top Secret TS/SCI clearance.

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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