Space Instrumentation Electronics Lead Engineer

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


5 - 7 years

Posted 165 days ago

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Introduction: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Space Instrumentation Electronics Lead Engineer.

Group Summary: The Space Science Electronics group at APL builds electronics systems for space flight instrumentation that produces data for scientific research. We’re a group of about 40 engineers with expertise that span across all aspects of instrument electronics production including systems engineering, analog, digital, and power supply electronics design, FPGA design, and software design. We work very closely with other groups of engineers and scientists who contribute all other expertise required for the instrument production.

Some examples of our work includes: the PEPSSI and LORRI instruments on the New Horizons Spacecraft, most of the instrument suite on the MESSENGER Spacecraft, the CRISM instrument on the MRO Spacecraft, and dozens more. We are currently working on instruments for the JUICE, Europa, Psyche, and Lucy Missions. We are seeking talented individuals to contribute to the design and production of space flight instrumentation.

Summary: Lead teams of engineers to perform specification, design, analysis, fabrication and qualification of custom electronics systems for space flight instrumentation in support of scientific research.


  1. Organize the efforts of a cross disciplinary team including engineers with backgrounds that include analog, digital, and power supply electronics, sensors, FPGA, software, mechanical, thermal, structural, testbeds, materials, EEE parts, EMI/EMC, and radiation.
  2. Work with scientists and engineers from the instrument and spacecraft teams to design and document the architecture, requirements, interfaces, integration, qualification, and verification for instrument electronics systems.
  3. Execute the design, fabrication, integration, test, and qualification of printed circuit board assemblies with FPGAs and software systems in support of space flight instrumentation.
  4. Perform technical mentoring, progress tracking and reporting, and host design reviews.
  5. Support instrument and spacecraft level design reviews, integration, and testing.

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.



Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. in electrical engineering or closely related field.
  • 7 years of hands-on hardware design and development experience in analog or digital electronics, FPGAs, or software systems.
  • Experience leading teams of engineers to produce electronics systems.
  • Working knowledge of electronics, sensors, FPGAs, software, mechanical, thermal, structural, testbeds, materials, EEE parts, EMI/EMC, and radiation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • MSEE or equivalent with a minimum of 10 years of experience in circuit design and 5 years of team leadership.
  • Space-qualified electronics design experience (part selection, derating, worst case analysis).
  • Leadership and organizational capabilities.
  • Relevant space flight hardware experience.
  • Instrument electronics design experience.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Capable of working independently and mentoring early career engine