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Weapon System Analyst

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
United States, Maryland, Laurel
11100 Johns Hopkins Road (Show on map)
November 30, 2023

Are you passionate about applying your physics knowledge and mathematical skills to solve real world problems?

Do you love to learn about complex systems and new methods of analysis to attack difficult problems?

Do you enjoy collaborating with small teams?

Do you enjoy working with real data and developing analysis software to analyze it?

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

We are seeking a Weapon System Analyst to help us evaluate the system-level accuracy of the nation's most significant strategic deterrent-the Trident Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM). In addition, we need someone to advance our understanding of accuracy for the Air Force 's Ground Based Strategic Deterrent replacement of the Minuteman ICBM.

As an analyst in the System Modeling & Estimation group you will...

  • Principally evaluate the accuracy performance of submarine launched and intercontinental ballistic missiles using modeling and estimation techniques
  • Use actual representative flight test data to assess system accuracy and other performance characteristics
  • Learn about inertial navigation with accelerometers and gyroscopes and apply your physics knowledge to understand how such instruments work and their important sources of inaccuracy
  • Learn about the use of gravity models by the weapon system and apply your physics background to quantify system inaccuracy due to errors in those gravity models
  • Conduct system engineering investigations and special studies of accuracy concerns
  • Innovate and implement statistical estimation and physics-based analysis methodologies to meet emergent needs


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

  • Possess a PhD in applied math, applied statistics, physics, engineering, or a closely related field
  • Are skilled in statistical estimation, quantitative evaluation, and/or state-space, physics-based modeling
  • Are also skilled in scientific programming using a high-level language, such as C++, MATLAB, or Python
  • Possess outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Effectively collaborate with all levels of staff, external collaborators and sponsors
  • Are willing and able to occasionally travel to meetings and sponsor sites
  • Are able to acquire an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately acquire a final Top Secret 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 'll exceed our minimum requirements with experience in any of the following...

  • Maximum likelihood estimation using Fisher information
  • Kalman filtering
  • SLBM or ICBM weapon system accuracy analysis
  • Aided inertial navigation error analysis
  • Interdisciplinary skills in math, physics, statistics, and computer science
  • Hold an active Secret or higher level 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 .

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.