Cyber Security Systems Engineer for Critical Infrastructure Protection


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 Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Cyber Security Systems Engineer.

Job Summary: Provide CIP cyber security systems engineering expertise to DoD and DHS sponsored programs.

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

1) Perform cyber risk assessment and solution engineering for critical infrastructure systems (e.g., Hull, Mechanical, and Electrical (HM&E) or Installation Industrial Control Systems (ICS). (50%)

2) Analyze and develop requirements, systems architecture, Concept of Operations (CONOPS), and test plans. (40%)

3) Document and present results. (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:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Systems Engineering, Operations Research, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Cyber Security or related fields.
  • 2 or more years of experience as a cyber security systems engineer for a major acquisition program with an understanding of the system development lifecycle (requirements, architecture, design, development, testing).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Critical Infrastructure Industrial Control System operations.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Proven ability to work in small teams and demonstrate critical thinking in developing solutions to complex problems.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Masters of Science Degree in Systems Engineering, Operations Research, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Cyber Security or related fields.
  • 5 or more years of experience providing cyber security systems engineering for DoD or DHS.
  • Knowledge of cyber risk assessment.
  • Cyber security education, training, or certification (CISSP preferred).
  • Demonstrated successful team leadership experience in the development of solutions to complex CIP problems.
  • Knowledge of the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Active Secret clearance.

Special Working Conditions: Some local travel to sponsor sites may be required.

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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