Network Engineer/Architect

Introduction: 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 Network Engineer/Architect.

Job Summary:

The Network Engineer/Architect role is responsible for systems and infrastructure engineering, operations, and administration to include information technology (IT) employment, analysis, design, development, deployment, integration and testing. This role will manage several classified networks spanning several classified computing facilities and services which support system development, engineering modeling, and real-time operations for numerous projects. The Network Engineer/Architect will lead such activities as proactive monitoring, growth and capacity planning, network documentations and will work within teams to build and deliver presentations to various audiences. This role will work with various Operating Systems and technologies including Cisco systems and NetApps.


1) Collect and analyze IT facilities, systems, network and infrastructure requirements to design, build, test, maintain and advance IT architecture supporting sector classified and unclassified operations. Includes adherence to all applicable Federal and APL IT mandates. (40%)

2) Support facility growth and enhancement through strategic planning, equipment and software selection. Reconfigure facility for new projects and equipment including computer installation, networking, and applications installation. Design, implement and manage proactive monitoring systems for entire sector data infrastructure and data centers. Manage and administer IT facilities, systems, and infrastructure throughout mission life-cycle phases. Provide fiscal, manpower and schedule management of IT projects for sector. (35%)

3) Responsibility for sector Infosec posture. Perform and monitor facility security procedures to assure protection of all classified information. Manage and direct technical teams in support of sector operations. Participate in planning and budgetary efforts. (15%)

4) Form relationships with facility users, establishing a collaborative approach to facility support. Computer setup, software installation, networking, troubleshooting, data collection, and general operations support. Proactively maintain computer systems, networks, and associated equipment in full operational condition. (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 Information Systems, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or a related field and at least 5 years in network engineering or 10 years of hands-on experience in a similar role without degree.

Demonstrated IT systems engineering and administration experience designing and managing complex, large-scale, mission critical facilities, systems and infrastructure. Extensive knowledge of UNIX, Windows, Macintosh, Cisco, network and storage technologies.

Self-starter with excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communications skills including the ability to manage, direct, and collaborate with technical staff and teams within a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.

Demonstrated track record of managing large IT projects to successful completion on budget and within schedule. Experience with network management and monitoring systems. Strong technical documentation and presentation skills. Ability to obtain a clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

Demonstrated IT facilities, systems, network and infrastructure engineering and technical team management experience within a NASA or DoD program. Cisco CCNP or higher certification. Knowledge of classified computer facility operational procedures and NISPOM, DSS, or other DOD security regimes.

Special Working Conditions: Must be able to perform moderate lifting to move computer and network equipment. Some work outside normal working hours and on weekends must be performed for operations and maintenance.

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.


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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