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Space Systems Architecture Modeler

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

Are you motivated to apply your systems engineering expertise to inform the future of our nation's space control architecture?

Are you a quick learner with strong communications skills?

Are you searching for a collaborative, gratifying work environment?

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

We are seeking a systems architect to perform model-based systems engineering (MBSE) development of space missions
and systems-of-systems modeling for space control architectures.

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 Systems Architect you will...
- Advance space control architecture models that help define sponsor needs and inform future procurement/development
- Derive the driving requirements (mission-level or key performance parameters (KPPs)) for proposed missions or architectures required to meet sponsor objectives
- Develop and model space mission concepts for NASA or other sponsors
- Work with sponsor to understand architecture needs and operations flows
- Perform design and requirements trades using developed models


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

- Have a B.S. in engineering or related technical field
- Have at least 5 years systems engineering experience

- Have experience with System-of-Systems / Family-of-Systems engineering
- Possess knowledge of space systems, space dynamics, and space environments
- Have systems architecting experience with SysML (Enterprise Architect or Magic Draw experience preferred)
- Have MATLAB experience
- Have experience with a programming language such as JAVA or Python
- Have the ability to develop and work with activity flows and finite state machines
- Hold an active Top Secret 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.

- 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.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

- Have a M.S. or higher in engineering or related technical field
- Have analytical modeling experience using Systems Tool Kit (STK) and Orbit Determination Tool Kit (ODTK)
- Are able to obtain TS/SCI or TS/SCI+poly level security 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.

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.