Combat Systems Engineer


At the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), we solve critical challenges in air and missile defense, homeland protection, cyber security, force projection, and space science. We are an independent, nonprofit organization that conducts essential research, development, and systems engineering to address these national security challenges. We take pride in achieving practical, operationally sound solutions to complex problems, with a focus on innovation, affordability, and timeliness. We are seeking a combat/weapons systems engineer who wants to get involved in cyber security engineering for our nation’s air and missile defense systems.

Job Summary: Leverage your combat/weapons systems knowledge to help address cyber security threats to our nation’s air and missile defense systems. We will help you build expertise in the area of cyber security in this role. Provide combat systems knowledge to the many task teams supporting multiple Navy programs as a member of a core Navy Cyber Defense Team. Help assess the current cyber security risks faced by Navy weapons systems, acquire a detailed understanding of information security challenges in weapons systems networks and software systems, prototype countermeasures and mechanisms that address vulnerability gaps, and assist in recommending approaches to develop secure, resilient solutions that address threat vectors and detect, deter, defend against, and recover from cyber-attack and exploitation of Navy weapons systems.

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

  • Provide systems engineering subject matter expertise on Navy Tactical Platform Systems, Operations, Acquisition, and Development. Work closely with Cyber Security subject matter experts to help integrate cyber security concepts into existing Systems Engineering Processes. (40%)
  • Analyze requirements, architecture, design, and fielded products for Cyber Security sufficiency and impact to performance of Navy Tactical Platform systems. (40%)
  • Research & concept development for solutions to unaddressed, critical Navy weapons systems cyber and information security vulnerabilities. (20%)

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: BS: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Mathematics or related field. At least 3 years of experience in performing systems engineering for Navy combat systems such as AEGIS or the Ship Self Defense System (SSDS). Expertise in one or more Combat System elements and working knowledge of multiple elements. Familiarity with Navy surface ship system acquisition, systems engineering, and system functionality and operations. High level of interest in Cyber Security with a willingness to become a Cyber Security Subject Matter Expert in combat systems. Excellent communication skills. Highly motivated and ability to work independently to plan, problem solve and produce results.

Desired Qualifications: MS or PhD: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Mathematics, Cyber Security, Computer Information Systems Security or related field. Five or more years of experience performing systems engineering for AEGIS, SSDS, or similar combat system elements. Experience in Cyber Security engineering. Operational experience with Navy systems is a plus.

Special Working Conditions [Travel, working in closed areas, extended hours]: Occasional travel and work at military facilities including underway on US Navy ships and aircraft, requiring work outside of and in excess of normal working hours.

Security: 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.

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