Spacecraft Power System Lead Engineer
The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory - Laurel, MD

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The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Spacecraft Power System Lead Engineer.


Senior power system lead engineer for the design and development of space power systems including: space power generation (solar cells and panel technologies, others); power storage (i.e. battery systems); power management, processing and distribution electronics.

  • Space power system conceptual/architectural design, analysis, identifying power needs; power generation, power storage, power processing and distribution.
  • Requisite power tradeoff studies.
  • Leading or participation in proposal activities.
  • Mentoring staff to expand the Group depth in this area.
  • Lead power system engineer responsible for all technical, cost and schedule aspects of a defined task, including, but not limited to, power systems detailed design, analysis, requirements, test planning, power systems procurements, design/development of solar arrays, batteries, and power system electronics, design/development of distribution electronics, design and development for power systems test sets, and solar array simulators.
  • Supporting the power systems during I&T, launch and post launch operations.
  • Keeping abreast of power systems state of the art; energy conversion technologies; energy storage technologies; DC/DC technologies; power distribution and other relevant technologies.

  • MS or equivalent in EE.
  • Very senior position requiring extensive experience, over 10 years, in the design and development of space power systems and all related disciplines for DOD and scientific spacecraft.
  • Experience in the sizing and design of solar arrays, battery, power electronics from mission requirements.
  • Knowledge in various spacecraft battery technologies and charge control techniques
  • Experience with power systems of different topologies.
  • Background in spacecraft power electronics, DC/DC converters, power distribution and control electronics.
  • Must be team oriented; work and communicate well with staff at all levels.
  • Must be highly motivated and have high initiative.
Experience with detailed power electronics, DC/DC converters design. R&D experience with space power conversion, energy storage. High visibility in the space power systems community.


APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, as well as other applicable laws, and values diversity in its workforce.

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