Applied Physics Laboratory Computational Engineer/Physicist in Laurel, Maryland

Position Description

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is actively seeking a Computational Engineer/Physicist to support the Mechanical Engineering, Systems Analysis & Design Group. JHU APL is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Job Summary:

Develop and utilize physics-based models of complex thermal-fluidic and multi-scale mechanical systems, including but not limited to: heat/mass transport phenomena, fluid mechanics and fluid structure interactions, and high speed impact mechanics. Success in this position will be determined by the individual’s ability to learn new subjects and concepts quickly, using this new knowledge with a wide and varying array of software tools to solve new problems in military, space, and healthcare fields.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

1.Predictive modeling and simulation of materials and engineering systems across a variety of length and time scales (molecular, microscopic, and macroscopic scales). Code development and statistical analysis of data. (70%)

2.Propose and develop new modeling frameworks for predicting the response of complex system including but not limited to structural, thermal, dynamic, ballistic, and blast loading conditions. (20%)

3.Document analyses in memos and present results during stake holder reviews. Lead in proposal writing and development. (10%)

4.Further the state of knowledge through development of novel concepts, ideas, and approaches to research.

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.


Required Qualifications:

  • A fundamental drive and fascination in solving problems of all kinds.

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or equivalent with demonstrated application of knowledge.

  • Experience in utilizing physics-based modeling frameworks and the ability to contribute to their development.

  • Scientific/engineering programming experience, the ability to work in multiple languages (MATLAB, C/C++, Python, FORTRAN, …) and algorithms commonly used in computational science and engineering.

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to both work independently with little guidance and direction, and work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team environment.

Desired Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD in mechanical engineering, physics or other related discipline.

  • Extensive experience in the development and use of simulation software in computational engineering and science.

  • Experience in large-scale software development.

  • Experience using hardware accelerators (e.g. GPU’s and Intel Phis) and familiarity with parallel programming techniques (MPI/OpenMP).

  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to team based software development.

  • Fundamental understanding of the underlying physical phenomena driving material properties.

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel, working in closed areas, extended hours

Security: Eligibility for a Secret Level clearance is required. Applicant selected 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.

Benefits: 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 (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

Primary Location: United States-Maryland-*Laurel

Schedule: Full-time

Req ID: 15955