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Thermal Analysis and Test Section Supervisor

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Job Description


Are you driven to lead a highly technical, collaborative, and diverse team in the best group at APL?

Do you enjoy the challenges related to modeling and analysis of aerothermal heating?

Do you enjoy leveraging your excellent understanding of the BMD system and hypersonic missile phenomenology to work closely with various existing and new government sponsors, PM’s, and PjM’s to anticipate future needs?

Are you interested in being part of a team with expertise that span the disciplines of aerospace and mechanical engineering and physics?

Are you passionate about advocating for individuals to ensure they find their work fulfilling and meaningful?


If so, we are looking for a leader like you to join our team as the Section Supervisor of our Thermal Analysis and Test Section (A1C-5). We are seeking an energetic, motivated individual to lead a section of highly talented engineers that are involved in design, thermal analysis, and ground/flight testing for cutting edge programs. We strive to foster an environment of innovation, inclusivity, and collaboration. As a member of our team, you will ensure our staff provide high quality contributions to our sponsor's most critical challenges.


As a section supervisor, you will lead one of ten sections that make up our group of over sixty engineers who specialize in mechanical & aerospace engineering. You will also be part of the larger Air and Missile Defense Sector that is focused on innovative solutions to our Nation’s most difficult challenges posed by evolving aircraft, missile, and surface threats, as well as new hypersonic threats.


As the A1C-5 Section Supervisor, you will:

  • Be well versed, and be able to direct staff, in the key phenomena related to aerothermal heating, radiation transport of chemically active multiphase flows in thermal non-equilibrium and ablating/mechanically eroding TPS analyses of hypersonic vehicles, and Aegis MK-41 launchers.
  • Utilize an excellent understanding of both future threat hypersonic vehicles and the Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system to leverage A1C’s internally developed thermal solvers to develop thermal designs for the next generation interceptors.
  • Lead the section’s efforts to recruit and hire highly qualified staff to meet sponsor demands by drafting personnel requisitions, interviewing candidates, and providing input for hiring decisions.
  • Communicate often and effectively with sponsors, staff and leadership.
  • Work closely with PM’s, PjM’s and leads across the lab, government sponsors and contractors to expand opportunities for A1C to contribute.
  • Inspire your section staff and influence their products to enable innovative, affordable, and effective solutions to critical gaps.
  • Ensure the proper execution of tasks, quality and timeliness of technical products through the application of best research and engineering practices.
  • Document efforts and deliver presentations to internal project teams and sponsors.
  • Work with staff to generate IRaD proposals to position the group for future opportunities.
  • Actively engage and collaborate with section staff to encourage presentations in professional societies and publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Develop reclassification letters, recognition awards, and the associated supportive documentation to recognize your staff.
  • Support the group through implementation of Laboratory, Sector, and Branch policies and procedures.



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

  • An MS degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, or a related field.
  • At least 5 years of experience in aerothermal heating, radiation transport, and ablation analyses.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • 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
  • Demonstrated the ability to mentor staff.
  • Commitment to building diverse, inclusive, and collaborative teams.
  • Demonstrated the ability to lead effectively a team of technical staff.
  • Ability to occasional travel may be required to support meetings with the government, design agents and other contractors at their locations, including travel to operational testing sites.
  • An Interim Secret clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a final Secret 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.
  • 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 beyond our minimum requirements if you have...

  • A PhD in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or a related field.
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated the ability to develop staff and to cultivate strong relationships across organizational boundaries.
  • Proven track record in building a technically strong and diverse workforce and in developing future leaders that reflect that workforce.
  • Experience in staff development and effectively leading a team of technical staff in solving complex problems.
  • Current Top Secret clearance and/or TS/SCI clearances.


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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