Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Associate Analyst - National Security Analysis

2 months agoLaurel, MD

Do you wonder why supermarket aisles are organized the way they are?

Do you like playing with information and data and seeing what you can learn from it?

Do you ever wonder how the government operates and why?

Do you want to take your schooling and life experiences and learn to apply it to some real-world problems in the National Security area that significantly effects our country, now and into the future?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team in the National Security Analysis Department (NSAD) at APL. Our mission is to provide groundbreaking analyses that offer possible technical solutions to the Nation's challenges and shape the long-term analytic strategy of APL.

We are seeking recent college graduates to help us conduct insightful quantitative and qualitative analyses that address critical national security and military challenges. We use a defined, rigorous, and defendable process, to deeply understand the major elements of those challenges across the whole of the operational and strategic context, to draw insights that inform critical National Security decisions.

Our team tackles challenges like technical systems performance, operational mission effectiveness, training and proficiency assessment, real world operations, ally and partner interoperability, policy and legal concerns, and many other technical and operational factors that craft a rich tapestry of interwoven matters. You will work collaboratively with analysts and specialists throughout the organization and help us foster a work environment that values diversity.

As an Associate Analyst in the National Security Analysis Department...

  • Your primary responsibility will be contributing to and supporting a team conducting technical and operations analysis of current and future technological systems to gain deep understanding of their operational usage and associated training, logistical, command, control, and communications, doctrinal, policy, and organizational considerations to support our governmental sponsors.
  • You will help the analysis team to identify effectiveness measures and data requirements, craft analytic approaches, interpret results, and document and communicate results.
  • You will support the analysis team in developing internal and peer-reviewed publications and assist the team in presenting the work to diverse audiences, including colleagues, Laboratory leadership, and government sponsors.


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

  • Possess strong analytic curiosity and creativity.
  • Have a willingness to apply your academic training and develop your critical thinking skills.
  • Can operate as part of a diverse analytic team in the execution of assignments.
  • Have developed interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Are comfortable engaging with government sponsors as part of the analytic team.
  • Have a Bachelor's degree in the physical sciences, mathematics, operations research, and engineering. or have a Bachelor's degree in social sciences with coursework in statistics, operations research, quantitative or qualitative research methods, or a minor or secondary major in the physical sciences or mathematics.
  • Are able to obtain Top 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 above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have recent Department of Defense or other government experience.
  • Possess an active Secret or higher 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

Job ID: hopkins-6941_24436