Combat/Weapons System Cyber Engineer

Introduction: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Navy Combat and Weapons System Cyber Engineer to help our sponsors evolve cyber security capabilities within the Navy’s Surface Fleet. 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.

Job Summary: Qualified candidates will leverage Navy surface ship system acquisition, engineering, and operational experience and expertise to provide systems engineering support to the analysis, design, development, integration, and testing of innovative cyber security solutions being engineered into shipboard combat and weapons systems.

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

  • Provide Navy Shipboard system subject matter expertise in support of cyber security capability assessment, integration, and operations (20%)
  • Develop cyber security requirements, architecture, design, and test products surface ship combat and weapons systems under development (20%)
  • Analyze ship system engineering products and fielded solutions for cyber security weaknesses and recommend potential solutions (20%)
  • Identify and develop innovative cyber security concepts and solutions that meet the performance requirements of planned and existing shipboard combat and weapons systems (20%)
  • Drive the development of systems engineering tools, processes, methodologies, and work products needed to integrate cyber security into existing ship system engineering life-cycles and processes (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:

  • Bachelors Degree in Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field and 4-6 years in Navy shipboard operations or NAVSEA systems engineering or acquisition management.
  • OR 8 years of U.S. Navy shipboard experience operating or maintaining Combat or Weapons systems
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Cyber Security, Information Assurance, or Computer Network Operations
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Proven ability to work in small teams and demonstrate critical thinking in developing solutions to complex problems
  • Requires an active Secret clearance

Desired Qualifications:

  • Masters of Science Degree in Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Cybersecurity, Information Operations, or related field
  • Post Department Head, XO, or CO experience with at least one tour as CSO or OPS of an AEGIS or SSDS platform
  • OR Post Division Officer with FCO, EMO, or STO tour on AEGIS or SSDS platform
  • OR experience as an LCPO ET, OS, IT, IC, FC, GM(M), or GM(G) on an AEGIS or SSDS platform
  • OR Engineering Duty Officer with experience managing or contributing to AEGIS or SSDS engineering efforts
  • Detailed technical understanding and operational/maintenance experience with AEGIS or SSDS Combat and constituent weapons systems
  • Experience as a systems engineer for a major acquisition program with an understanding of the system development life-cycle (requirements, architecture, design, development, testing)
  • Cybersecurity education, training, or certification (CISSP preferred)
  • Experience using cyber expertise in the design, implementation, or operation of cyber security capabilities in a complex system
  • Desire and willingness to focus on improvement of cyber expertise through formal, on-the-job, and self-directed education
  • Demonstrated successful team leadership experience in the development of solutions to complex tasks

Key Terms:

Surface Ship, Combat System, Weapon System, Gun, Missile, AEGIS, SSDS, TSCE, DDG, CG, CVN, LSD, LPD, CIWS, CEC, FCS, SPY, C&D, ADS, VLS, GWS, ESSM, NSSM, Cyber, Cyber Security, Information Assurance, Cyber Engineer, Cyber Awakening, CISSP, Security , SWO, ESWS, EDO, LDO, Warrant, LT, LCDR, CDR, CO, XO, CSO, OPS, FCO, EMO, STO, LCPO, ET, OS, IT, IC, FC, GM(M), GM(G)

Special Working Conditions (travel, working in closed areas, extended hours): Work may required up to 10% travel in support of a diverse sponsor base.

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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