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Applied Physics Laboratory Surface-to-Air Missile Modeling and Simulation Analyst in Laurel, Maryland

Position Description

Are you passionate about improving Precision Strike capabilities for the United States warfighter?

Do you love solving complex problems with sophisticated modeling and simulation (M&S) tools?

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

We are seeking a Surface-to-Air Missile Modeling and Simulation Analyst to characterize and evaluate threat surface-to-air missile system performance against precision strike platforms in complex environments. You will join a diverse and hardworking team of analysts and engineers who support a wide range of government sponsors facing exciting challenges. As a member of our team, you will conduct high fidelity physics-based engagement analyses, while collaborating with specialists in other fields including: GN&C, radar engineering, electronic warfare, software development, systems engineering and more.

As a SAM Modeling and Simulation Analyst...

  • Your primary responsibility will be to evaluate precision strike platform effectiveness using an assortment of engagement-level tools
  • You will conduct physics-based 1-vs.-1 and 1-vs.-few analyses of threat surface-to-air missile systems against blue strike platforms
  • You will determine limiting factors to system performance and analyze potential improvements
  • You will work with a multi-disciplinary team to develop and improve surface-to-air missile modeling capabilities
  • You will prepare and present formal documentation to technical specialists, operational partners, and sponsors.

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

  • Possess a Bachelors degree in a technical field such as Aerospace, Electrical or other Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics
  • Have experience in modeling and simulation of missile systems
  • Have strong scripting and programming skills with any of the following languages: C/C++, MATLAB, Simulink, FORTRAN and JAVA
  • Are willing, able and passionate about learning surface-to-air missile concepts to improve modeling and simulation tools and to perform engagement-level analysis
  • Hold an active Secret security clearance and are able to obtain a Top Secret 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 Masters or PhD degree in a technical field such as Aerospace, Electrical or other Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics
  • Have experience running ESAMS, TMAP or TBA simulations or the ADS framework
  • Have experience in one or more of the following areas: air vehicle survivability analysis, susceptibility and vulnerability modeling, modeling and simulation development, and surface-to-air and air-to-air missile end-to-end analysis
  • Have an active Top-Secret security 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

Primary Location: United States-Maryland-*Laurel

Req ID: 24416