Cybersecurity Researcher

    • Laurel, MD

Are youpassionate about researching cybersecurity challenges?

Do you want tocontribute to developing innovative technologies that impact national securityand critical infrastructure systems?

Do you workbest in an intellectually stimulating, professionally rewarding, and funenvironment?

If so, we'relooking for someone like you to join our APL team.

We are seekinga cybersecurity researcher, who will help us develop new ideas forcybersecurity technologies. As a member of the APL team, you will tackleproblems and develop novel solutions for the Government across numerousagencies and departments. Ultimately you will work with teams of engineers andscientists whose goal is to develop creative solutions to existing and emergingcybersecurity challenges from initial idea through the advanced prototype stageand experimentation. We strive to cultivate an environment that promotesprofessional growth and a balanced life, and inspire diversity of thought. Inmore detail, your role will be to...

  • Perform basic and/or applied research to address urgent gaps in defensive cybersecurity, including network security, host-based security, mobile security, cloud security, IoT security, software development, and integrated automated cybersecurity.
  • Provide thought leadership and technical leadership in a research environment.
  • Participate in research projects to develop new approaches to cyber defense. Transform concepts into functioning prototypes to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of new and emerging solutions.
  • Participate in teams working to advance defensive capabilities of essential national systems. Analyze and assess existing capabilities and identify exposed gaps. Work with staff to devise and develop algorithms, methods, and new solutions for improving defensive capabilities.
  • Actively engage the broader community bypublishing papers and presenting research outcomes in academic settings. Shareknowledge by clearly articulating ideas through papers and presentations totechnical staff, management and Government decision makers. Take advantage ofopportunities to participate in community working groups, sponsor meetings,proposal writing, and conferences.
You meet the minimum qualifications for this position if you have:

  • PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field.
  • 5 years of prior research experience.
  • Experience in a variety of programming languages, and be able to develop software to demonstrate new security concepts.
  • Experience with one or more of the following: Windows, Unix-like operating systems (e.g., Linux), shell scripting; malware analysis and reverse engineering; networking protocols (e.g., TCP, HTTP, and SMTP); cloud computing; virtualization (e.g., KVM, Xen, VMware), and IoT.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to obtain a Secret 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:

  • PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field.
  • 7 years of cyber related research experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership in directing and conducting research efforts, including prior experience as Principal Investigator.
  • Strong background in computer/network security concepts and technologies, including extensive knowledge of enterprise security operations and computer network vulnerabilities and exploits.
  • Experience writing published papers and presenting results to conferences/workshops.
  • A current DoD clearance and prior experience working with Government agencies are desirable.
  • Active TS/SCI clearance.

WhyWork at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied PhysicsLaboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most criticaldefense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection ofchallenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APLpromotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefitsand healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in theBaltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Actionemployer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employmentwithout regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexualorientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any othercharacteristic protected by applicable law.


APL brings research applications to life in the space science, asymmetric operations, force projection, and air and missile defense categories, pioneering solutions to push scientific boundaries.

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