Navy Lead Cybersecurity Engineer

    • Laurel, MD

Do you have experience with cybersecurity engineering and Naval systems?

Are you passionate about using innovation and technology to solve technical challenges involving the defense of the US and her allies?

If so, we’re looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

We are seeking a Navy Lead Cybersecurity Engineer to provide strategic thought-leadership and drive day-to-day research, innovation, and the application of cutting edge cybersecurity solutions needed to defend our nation's air and missile defense systems from cyber threats.

As a Navy Lead Cybersecurity Engineer, you will...

  • Exercise your cybersecurity and engineering expertise in support of our nation's air and missile defense systems. More than simply satisfying compliance, cybersecurity engineering is a multi-faceted technical discipline aimed at driving rigorous systems engineering principles into the design, development, and operation of cybersecurity capabilities within complex systems.
  • Merge state-of-the-art cyber resilience techniques with risk management.
  • Integrate into systems engineering teams and drive the deliberate definition and implementation of cybersecurity controls, technologies, and solutions.
  • Lead teams of up to fifteen (15) staff in the engineering, development, integration, and testing of cybersecurity solutions for Navy Afloat Combat and Navigation Systems.
  • Define and drive full systems engineering support across the system development lifecycle including concept definition, requirements, architecture, design, development, integration, and testing.
  • Lead teams of experts to integrate COTS, GOTS, and Open Source cybersecurity products into comprehensive cybersecurity solutions specifically tailored for DoD tactical systems.
  • Define measures and objectives, interact with sponsor leadership and expertise, and motivate and guide teams of cybersecurity engineers in the analysis of complex mission systems for cybersecurity vulnerabilities and risks.
  • Demonstrate system strengths and weaknesses through hands-on testing.
  • Devise innovative ways of applying sound cybersecurity principles within a constrained system.
  • Contribute to task definition, execution planning, staff composition, and cost estimation for complex system cybersecurity support.
  • Work with Laboratory leadership to define multi-year investment, research, and sponsor-engagement strategies; support staff development including hiring, training, and mentoring; and refine cybersecurity engineering methodologies, tools, and offerings.

You meet the minimum qualifications for this position if you have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Mathematics or related field.
  • At least ten (10) years of experience in systems engineering, cybersecurity engineering, or concept development for complex systems with at least two (2) years of leadership experience.
  • Expertise in requirements development, architecture product development, high-level design, product development, or test and evaluation.
  • Mastery of fundamental principles, DoD policy, and NIST guidance on Cybersecurity, Cyber Resilience, Cyber Risk Management, System Hardening, and Vulnerability Assessment. Experience defining and applying cybersecurity principles to complex systems.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, and presentation).
  • Highly motivated, enthusiastic team leader with the ability to independently plan, problem solve, motivate, and guide diverse staff teams to produce positive results for highly challenging sponsor needs.
  • Ability to occasional travel and work at military facilities including underway on US Navy ships and aircraft, requiring occasional work outside of and in excess of normal working hours.
  • Current Secret clearance with ability to obtain and maintain a Top 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:

  • MS or PhD: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Mathematics, Cyber Security, Computer Information Systems Security or related field.
  • Fifteen (15) or more years of experience performing systems engineering for AEGIS, SSDS, or Navy shipboard combat and navigation system elements or similarly complex DoD systems with more than five (5) years of leadership experience.
  • Experience defining and driving the implementation of a new concept or technology within one of the Cyber Security knowledge domains.
  • Operational experience with Navy systems.
  • Current Top Secret clearance.


Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities atwww.jhuapl.edu/careers.


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