Maritime Autonomy Operations Systems Engineer with Security Clearance

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
San Diego, California
May 17, 2024
May 23, 2024
Position Type
Full Time
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Description Do you have a passion for maritime robotics, autonomy, and AI? Do you like to take the lead on technical problems, from identifying challenges with end users all the way through delivery and verification of solutions? Are you looking to take ownership of new and exciting challenges and work in a face-paced team environment? If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL! We are seeking a Maritime Autonomy Operations Systems Engineer to work onsite at a sponsor location in San Diego to help the US Navy prototype and adopt new maritime autonomy, sensing, and robotics technologies for uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs). In this role, you will have a direct impact on the Navy's biggest challenges as you apply your systems engineering, software engineering and test, and team leadership skills to achieve the goals of APL USV prototype projects. You will be joining a highly creative, adaptable, and success-driven group, where you will help us build on APL's legacy of scientific research and development and trusted service to the nation. As a Maritime Autonomy Operations Systems Engineer you will Choose how best apply Systems Engineering best practices to autonomy, AI, and uncrewed vehicles, ranging from early prototypes to formal acquisition by the Navy and other sponsors.
Ensure successful system development through end user engagement, mission decomposition and analysis, requirements definition, architecture development, and design trades. Lead technical teams at APL who are prototyping software and hardware for maritime uncrewed systems.
Coordinate US Navy operator technical feedback for existing software and setting objectives and success criteria for new capabilities.
Develop storyboards, performance metrics, and test scenarios for autonomous USV capabilities. Participate in field testing for APL prototype software and sensing systems.
Develop and deliver documentation and training materials for Navy operators.
Manage delivery of software updates and collection of field test data for USV autonomy and sensors. Qualifications You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you Have 5+ years of relevant Engineering experience and bachelors in Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Naval Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a similar field.
Have experience with integration, test and experimentation, and troubleshooting of software and hardware for USVs. Have experience leading teams to solve technical problems related to maritime systems, autonomy and AI software, or robotics.
Have experience developing mission CONOPS, understanding user needs, developing requirements, and managing risk.
Have applied your Systems Engineering and Test & Evaluation skills for the prototyping of US Navy USV, UUVs, or other DOD uncrewed systems.
Possess outstanding organization and planning skills, social skills, and outstanding written and oral communications skills.
Are willing and able to travel up to 10% of the time.
Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a Top Secret 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. You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you Have project leadership experience to include financial management, mentoring, and overseeing multiple technical teams working toward shared goals.
Have experience developing, integrating, and testing software architectures or software test pipelines, leading scrums or software teams, and/or implementing Agile software acquisition and DevSecOps.
Have direct experience with US Navy employment of autonomous USVs.
Have an active Secret clearance or higher.
Base pay will take into account the selected candidate's knowledge, experience, skill and/or abilities with consideration for internal parity. APL may offer bonuses or other forms of compensation per internal policy and/or contractual designation. Additional compensation may be provided in the form of a sign-on bonus, relocation benefits, locality allowance or discretionary payments for exceptional performance. APL provides a comprehensive benefits package including retirement plans, paid time off, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, flexible spending accounts, education assistance and training and development. Base pay range for this role: $90,000 to $220,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 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 . 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.