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2023 New Grad - Space Environmental Effects Engineer

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Job Description


Do you want to become an expert in engineering for the space environment?

Do you like contributing to projects that cross engineering and science fields to meet real-life space flight engineering challenges?


If you are graduating with a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Physics, Materials Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field, and are interested in contributing to Space Environmental Effects, we would love to have you join our team!


We are seeking a Space Environmental Effects Engineer to help us ensure that space flight hardware meets environmental requirements to enable mission success. As a member of our Space Environmental Effects Engineering group, you will join a hardworking team of engineers and scientists who work to ensure that APL’s spacecraft and space instruments survive in, operate through, and measure accurate scientific data of the space environments they encounter. We are passionate about contributing to space exploration through engineering. Our team is committed to delivering our contributions in a timely and efficient manner. We strive to foster an environment of collaboration and inclusion. Our team values a hands-on approach as well as problem-solving and communication skills.


As a member of our team, you will contribute to one or more of our technical areas:

  • Radiation engineering
  • Spacecraft charging
  • Materials engineering
  • Component engineering
  • Contamination engineering
  • EMI/EMC engineering

These areas span test, analysis, and modeling for both hardware survivability and in support of making accurate scientific measurements. The majority of our work is for NASA missions, but some of our team's time is spent on missions for national security applications.


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

  • Have a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Physics, Materials Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related science/engineering field.
  • Enjoy learning new things and are able and willing to handle multiple assignments across diverse areas.
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a TS/SCI 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.
  • 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 experience from internships, coursework, or other avenues that pertain to one of our technical areas.
  • Have experience with any of the following: vacuum systems, materials test methods, radiation safety, circuit design, or physics-based modeling tools.

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.

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