Solid Rocket Propulsion Engineer – Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Careers

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Do you enjoy the challenges related to modeling and analysis of rocket propulsion systems?

Do you have a passion for finding solutions to current and emerging propulsion system challenges for the Department of Defense (DoD)?
If so, then we’re looking for someone like you to join our Propulsion Engineering team!
As a Solid Rocket Propulsion Engineer, you will:

  • Apply propulsion modeling techniques to contribute to the conceptual and detailed design and development of rocket-based weapon systems. Use physics-based concept design tools to synthesize booster stack and kill vehicle concepts. Perform concept performance assessments at the weapon level, including trajectory simulation and optimization. Interface with BMDS system analysts for system level performance assessments. Lead detailed propulsion system assessments. Participate on Integrated Product Teams to support all levels of new rocket motor development and new weapon deployment, as well as sustaining activities for fielded systems.

  • Participate in developing new Internal Research and Development (IRAD) ideas. Pursue innovative weapon concepts through IRAD as a technical contributor.

  • Document efforts and deliver presentations to internal project teams and sponsors.

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

  • BS degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering (or similar), with four years of experience with the design and analysis of rocket propulsion systems

  • Familiarity with associated phenomenology, including fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, thermochemistry, heat transfer, and structures

  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team, with a history of meaningful contributions to multidisciplinary teams on a variety of engineering design problems

  • Experience with MATLAB programming (or similar)

  • Willingness to travel up to 5% of the time as needed

  • The ability to obtain an Interim Secret security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a final Secret level 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.

Note: Position will require occasional travel to sponsor, contractor, and peer organization facilities for meetings and reviews.
You’ll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you have .. .

  • A MS or PhD degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering.

  • Seven or more years of experience with the design and analysis of rocket propulsion systems

  • Strong knowledge with associated phenomenology, including fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, thermochemistry, heat transfer, and structures

  • Experience with aerospace vehicle design, flight dynamics, and trajectory optimization (3/6 DOF)

  • Experience with numerical optimization and multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) techniques

  • Knowledge of industrial practices and experience with the full propulsion system life cycle

  • Experience in engineering failure forensic investigations

  • Significant experience with Matlab and other programming/scripting languages

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team

  • Demonstrated self-starter with the ability to set direction and work successfully with little supervision

  • Experience with proposal writing/business development

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Current Secret clearance.

Why work at APL?
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory ( APL ) brings first expertness to our nation ’ s most critical defense, security, distance and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering modern technologies, what makes us rightfully outstanding is our polish. We offer a vibrant, welcoming standard 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 full-bodied education aid plan, alone retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL ’ second campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at .

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extra information

  • Primary Mission Area: Air & Missile Defense
  • Requisition ID: 27850
  • Security Clearance Required on Start Date: Interim Secret
  • Final Security Clearance Required: Secret
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