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Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Cyber Capability Developer

Laurel, MD


Are you an inventive engineer who loves to imagine new capabilities and then build them?

Do you want to collaborate with world-class teammates to accomplish the impossible?

Are you passionate about national security cyber challenges?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our innovative team at APL! Our team of ambitious and enthusiastic engineers is growing! We contribute to the research and development of creative solutions to challenges of national importance.

Our team specializes in software and hardware reverse engineering, vulnerability research, and developing proof-of-concept offensive cyber capabilities with a focus on embedded systems. We have custom facilities tailored to specific classes of systems including vehicles, telecommunications/network infrastructure, and industrial systems as well as general reverse engineering labs.

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As a member of our group, you will...

  • Develop exploits and build mission-aligned proof-of-concept capabilities
  • Collaborate with government sponsors and operators to ensure that capabilities can be deployed within operational constraints
  • Explore novel techniques for automating reverse engineering and exploit development
  • Propose groundbreaking ideas for internal and external funding opportunities
  • Share knowledge by clearly articulating ideas through papers and presentations to team members, APL management, and government decision makers


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

  • Have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field
  • Have at least 2 years of relevant software engineering experience
  • Are a versatile programmer in several different languages including C/C++ and Python
  • Are excited to learn new programming languages, libraries, and frameworks
  • Are self-motivated to derive actionable tasks from high-level requirements and/or research concepts
  • Are proficient in modern software engineering practices (agile methods, continuous integration, unit testing, and version control)
  • Have interest in learning reverse engineering (RE) skills to support RE efforts and RE automation
  • Are willing to work with legacy systems and technology if needed
  • Hold an active TS/SCI+poly 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.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have demonstrated leadership experience
  • Are skilled with containerization technologies
  • Have experience with embedded systems development toolchains
  • Are familiar with reading and writing assembly
  • Are experienced with software debuggers and static analysis tools
  • Understand various web frameworks
  • Have familiarity with Layer-1 and Layer-2 protocols

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


About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Only by ensuring that everyone's voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

Client-provided location(s): Laurel, MD, USA
Job ID: hopkins-6941_52452
Employment Type: Other