Cyber Security Engineer


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 an experienced Cyber Security Engineer.

Job Summary: Develop and apply a detailed understanding of computer, network, and cyber security concepts to create and assess novel approaches to solving computer security challenges in an operational environment. Provide cyber domain expertise to support the design, configuration, installation, and operations of cyber warfare systems in both field tests and in laboratory environments. Engage with the external community to promote APL’s involvement in efficient, cost-effective solutions which support direct-funded tasking.

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

  • Perform small-scale network design and optimization via lab implementations. Support network effects of cyber exploitations through a combination of laboratory and field test and evaluations. (40%)
  • Lead the evaluation of the security of networks and network-enabled systems using analysis and empirical testing (30%)
  • Analyze and evaluate the security of computer-enabled systems and mission-relevant software applications (20%)
  • Document and present findings, results, concepts, and recommendations. (10%)

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 in a specialized area, field or the equivalent with six or more years of relevant professional level experience. May substitute at least ten years of relevant professional level experience; 10 years experience managing within both networked and stand-alone environments. Demonstrated proficiency and experience with computer networks and network protocols; familiarity with Linux systems and information security concepts. Excellent interpersonal skills, outstanding oral and written communication skills, good organizational skills, ability to both lead and work in teams. Active Secret clearance.

Desired Qualifications: Experience with scripting languages (ex: Perl, Python). 10 years experience in IT administration and/or IT Security. Demonstrated hands-on skills in penetration testing, various programming languages (C/C , Java, or the like) and packet capture analysis. Working knowledge of computer network vulnerabilities and exploits. Active TS/SCI clearance.

Special Working Conditions: Light travel to customer locations is required, working in closed areas and the eventual extended hours during onsite exercise support.

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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