Cyber Systems 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 systems engineer.

Job Summary: Develop and apply a detailed understanding of computer, network, systems, and cybersecurity concepts to create, assess, and operationalize novel approaches to solving cyber system security challenges in development and operational environments. Engage with the external community to promote APL's involvement in the end-to-end lifecycle development of cyber mission operations capabilities and systems cybersecurity.

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

  1. Lead, create, analyze, and assess novel techniques for computer network operations, including characterization of advanced cyber mission capabilities and cybersecurity products. (40%)
  2. Lead systems engineering efforts to design, develop, and deploy complex software architectures and systems with a focus on enterprise systems, mission systems, cyber warfare capabilities, and/or critical infrastructure. (30%)
  3. Analyze and evaluate the security of computer-enabled systems and mission-relevant software applications (20%)
  4. 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: PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Cybersecurity, Information Security or related fields. 3+ years demonstrated experience with computer systems and networks with knowledge and experience of architectural frameworks, requirements elicitation and analysis, and software systems integration. Excellent interpersonal skills, outstanding oral and written communication skills, good organizational skills, ability to both lead and work in teams. Ability to obtain a security clearance.

Desired Qualifications:   10+ years' experience in the design, development, and deployment of complex software architectures and systems with a focus on full spectrum cyber mission operations. Knowledge and experience with architectural frameworks, requirements elicitation and analysis, human/systems integration and software systems integration. Experience in conducting research and development of cyber capabilities for the purposes of network defense. Experience in the development of related documents that define processes, solutions, requirements, and specifications for government agencies (military, federal D/As, state, and local) and public organizations to collaborate and achieve greater cybersecurity. Active TS 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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