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Strategic Deterrent Nuclear Survivability Researcher

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Job Description


Are you passionate about applying your analytical skill to questions in strategic deterrence and defense?

Are you searching for important physics/engineering-based analysis work, where you can contribute to some of our country's most fascinating security challenges?

Are you interested in research that will make the next generation of U.S. Strategic Systems more survivable, reliable, and credible?


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


The System Modeling and Estimation Group within the Force Projection Sector of the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory is seeking an enthusiastic physicist and/or engineer to take on the position of Strategic Deterrent Nuclear Survivability Researcher. The ideal candidate will work on complex, multi-discipline problems with a team of experts to offer technical contributions to improve the next generation of U.S. Strategic Systems.


As a Strategic Deterrent Nuclear Survivability Researcher You Will…

  • Work with a talented and inclusive multi-disciplinary team to analyze the nuclear survivability of strategic weapons systems.
  • Perform technical analyses to understand, evaluate, and characterize system response to nuclear or other events
  • Use in-house or third-party software/physics/modeling codes to perform rigorous technical analyses
  • Determine what data and information is needed to perform credible analysis, and perform that analysis to determine system level effects.
  • Perform technical analyses of work produced by external partners
  • Support system-level modeling and simulation.
  • Interact with sponsors and representatives of other organizations.


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

  • Have a Master of Science in Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or a related science/engineering field with 5+ years of relevant experience.
  • Are familiar with radiation environments and the principles of radiation interactions with matter.
  • Are familiar with MATLAB and/or other coding platforms.
  • Have knowledge of data analysis, computational physics, or computational engineering.
  • Have a strong mathematical and statistical background.
  • Attention to detail with strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • The qualifications needed in this job also include initiative, interest in skill development and the flexibility to accept assignments of varied scope and skill.
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a Top Secret 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.
  • 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 exceed our minimum requirements with experience in any of the following...

  • Have a Doctorate in Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or a related science/engineering field with 5+ years of experience strategic deterrence domain area or flight systems analysis.
  • Have High Energy Particle Physics, Thermal Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Weapon Effects, or Plasma Physics knowledge.
  • Have Nuclear Weapons effects modeling and simulation experience
  • Have applied radiation testing methods and used radiation testing facilities.
  • Have experience with radiation effects on materials and electronic parts for strategic systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to present to high level government sponsors.
  • Hold an active Top Secret security 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 http://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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