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Space Systems Engineer - Fault Management

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
United States, Maryland, Laurel
11100 Johns Hopkins Road (Show on map)
January 29, 2023

Do you have experience in space systems engineering with a background in fault analysis?

Do you enjoy working in a collaborative environment with top scientists and engineers?

Do you want to be part of a team exploring our solar system or pioneering space missions that enhance our national security?

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

We are seeking a space systems engineer to help us design, implement, and test fault management systems for our civil and national security space missions. This engineer will have an opportunity to identify and analyze problems as well as design effective and achievable solutions by utilizing a combination of technical and creative talent. Applicants must be organized, communicate well with others, and have the ability to plan and prioritize tasks.

Be Part of Something Innovative

Over the past 25 years, the Space Exploration Sector at APL, has pushed the boundaries of what is possible; delivering game-changing impacts to sponsors like NASA and the Department of Defense. This includes historic, science space firsts like New Horizons reaching Pluto, Parker Solar Probe being the first to "touch" the sun, and the DART mission that redirected an asteroid for planetary defense. As a not-for-profit university affiliated research center, APL also delivered solutions to our nation's national security challenges, as proven with the recent Deep Space Advanced Radar Concept (DARC) Tech Demo, and acts as a trusted partner with the US Space Force in space domain awareness and space-integrated warfare.

APL teams are currently developing missions that will advance the search for life in the Solar System through programs such as Europa Clipper and Dragonfly, exploring the lunar and cislunar domains, and providing fundamental knowledge of our Sun's influence on the near-Earth environment through IMAP and other research and technology endeavors. To learn about these APL's mission and projects, and .

As a Fault Management Engineer...

  • Your primary responsibility will be to own the design, development, and testing of fault management systems allocated throughout the spacecraft and ground elements
  • You will work with other systems engineers to determine the fault management architecture based on mission constraints and objectives
  • You will collaborate with reliability engineers to analyze and identify faults to be protected against
  • You will engage with spacecraft subsystem leads and ground system leads to define fault management requirements
  • You will document the fault management design to prevent, detect, isolate, and recovery from fault conditions that upset nominal operations
  • You will verify the fault management design through system-level testing


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

  • A BS degree in Systems, Aerospace, Engineering, or a related scientific/technical discipline with 10+ years of experience in those areas
  • Knowledge of fault analysis including detection, isolation, and recovery schemes and quantitative/qualitative reliability and risk assessment
  • Experience in spacecraft flight hardware or flight software design, development, and test
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as a team leader
  • Ability to articulate complex issues to decision maker
  • 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.
  • 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...

  • Masters degree in Systems, Aerospace, Engineering, or a related scientific/technical discipline with 15+ years of experience in those areas
  • Experience working as a fault management engineer
  • Hold an active TS/SCI security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

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.

About Us

APL 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 Accommodations@jhuapl.edu. 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.