Test and Evaluation Engineer

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Software Engineering
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SES - Space Exploration Sector

Do you enjoy analyzing systems to understand how they work and where they might fail?

Are you passionate about ensuring space missions achieve their impact in the world?

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

We are seeking a dedicated test engineer eager to evaluate sophisticated embedded software and distributed processing systems. The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL) Space Exploration Sector develops spacecraft for both National Security applications and NASA funded exploration missions. Our group is a collaborative team of software developers, applied mathematicians/physicists and embedded system engineers that develop flight software and simulations for JHUAPL-developed spacecraft. Our test engineers work closely with systems, software, hardware, and other engineering teams to ensure that we have rock-solid, continuously tested software stacks capable of commanding and relaying data across the solar system. We push the boundaries of the possible, stay up to date with software practices, and constantly infuse our knowledge into our spacecraft and the systems that support them.

As a test engineer, your responsibilities include:

  • Evaluating published acceptance test plans, working with software developers to understand the functions and configurations of software systems
  • Using real-time testbeds to craft, automate, and evaluate tests.
  • Collaborating with technical leads to determine strategies for scenario, stress, and requirements-based testing.
  • Working with hardware and firmware developers to evaluate the function of the custom hardware/firmware vital for testing and evaluating software systems.

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

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Electrical or Computer Engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • 5+ years of test and evaluation experience with embedded software systems.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, initiative, and follow-through.
  • An ability to acquire Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government secret clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
  • 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.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you have...

  • A MS or PhD in Computer Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent.
  • Familiarity with real-time Linux, FPGA development, simulation, real-time software development, multi-core processors, and publish-subscribe data busses.
  • Experience with software development lifecycles.
  • Familiarity with the C and C++ programming languages, scripting languages, and firmware specification languages. Familiarity with Matlab, Simulink, and RealTime Workshop.
  • An Active Top Secret/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 www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

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