2024 Graduate - Engineer/Scientist - Space Control Systems

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The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
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Laurel, MD
recency icon Posted 09-10-2023

Job Description

DescriptionDo you want to become an expert in the defense of our Nation's critical space infrastructure?Perhaps you heard about the standing up of the United States Space Force in December 2019, the first new military service in over 70 years. Did you hear about the formation of the United States Space Command in August 2019? There is even a Netflix comedy series called Space Force that debuted a few years ago. Maybe you asked yourself why all of this is happening.Check out the CBS 60 Minutes episode The Battle Above, the CNN documentary, War in Space, and the Defense Intelligence Agency 2022 report on Challenges to Security in Space to learn more.The Space Control Systems Group of the APL Space Exploration Sector primarily focuses on the Space Control mission area that has three components:Space Domain Awareness - knowledge and characterization of space objects and the operational environment upon which space operations dependDefensive Space Control - active and passive means to protect United States and coalition partners' space capabilities from attack, interference, or unintentional hazardsOffensive Space Control - deterrence of adversary hostile actions in space by fielding capabilities that negate an adversary's use of spaceOur group tackles these challenges by developing modeling and simulation, multi-domain operation plans, tactics and techniques, test and evaluation plans, threat analyses, performance assessments, space warfighting operations, and force designs.Our staff come from diverse backgrounds and heavily leverage programming skills (e.g. C, C++, Matlab, Python) and modeling skills (e.g. Systems Tool Kit, Astrogator, Thermal Desktop, PTC Creo). We hire from many disciplines including engineering, physics, astronomy, applied mathematics, and computer science.If you are willing to learn about space and a completely new warfighting domain and you enjoy computer simulations, programming, and more importantly want to be a part of building payloads and spacecraft, you might very well be the perfect addition to our group!Since we support defense and intelligence community customers, all personnel must undergo a security screening process to obtain a Top Secret clearance and primarily work in classified environments. QualificationsYou meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...Possess a Bachelor's in any Engineering discipline, Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Computer Science, or related technical fieldAre skilled in technologies related to space control applicationsAre willing and able to occasionally travel to sponsor locationsAre able to obtain Interim Top Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain TS/SCI 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 will go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...Possess a Master's in any Engineering discipline, Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Computer Science, or related technical fieldHold a current Top Secret clearance with SCI adjudicationHave research experience in one of many group disciplines mentioned aboveHave internship experience in national securityWhy 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 About UsAPL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact . Only by ensuring that everyone's voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.