Cyber Modeling and Systems Engineer

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. is seeking an experienced researcher for developing new concepts and capabilities for modeling cyber phenomenology and describing and quantifying cyber defensive and anti-fragility designs.

Job Summary: Contribute as a lead and co-lead in researching and developing new concepts for cyber defenses of hybrid systems containing both enterprise and cyber-physical components. Develop new approaches to describing complex solutions that incorporate cyber risk, resilience, anti-fragility and key concepts to provide defensive designers the needed tools for robust and anti-fragile systems in the presence of evolving cyber adverse environments. Lead research and development of new methods, approaches and modeling to examine and expand defensive concepts with rigorous and defensible data driven evidence.

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

  • Cyber Analysis – expand on the current approaches and methods to incorporate more mathematical rigor, statistical maturity, and scientific methods towards cyber defensive concepts. Contribute to existing studies to provide immediately to our daily tactical efforts while also thinking of new approaches to provide revolutionary capabilities. Contribute to the development of complex architectures and concepts to incorporate quantifiable evidence that systems are improved in the face of adverse cyber environments in attributes such as resiliency and anti-fragility. (40%)
  • Cyber Modeling – Support development and maintenance of analytic concepts and tools used to perform quantitative analysis and assessment. Provide new approaches to incorporate statistical confidence in tool data and cyber defense recommendations. (40%)
  • Research and Development – Understand the analytic needs of the group and work with teams and leadership to develop new capabilities to quantify, describe, and build robust and capable systems resilient or anti-fragile in the presence of current and future cyber environments. (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:

Ph.D. in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering, or related fields with software systems architecture, design, and networking knowledge. Strong written and oral communication skills with bibliography of papers in refereed professional publications. Desire to work both independently and in diverse-skill teams. Requires a Secret clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering, or related fields with 5 years experience with software systems architecture, design, and networking knowledge. Strong knowledge of computer architectures for cyber-physical systems or enterprise networks. Working knowledge network modeling/simulation, and evaluation of cyber architectures. Desire to be a technical thought leader with project management skills or interest.

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel required (<10%). Some work required in closed areas.

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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