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Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Network Orchestration Engineer

Laurel, MD


Do you have experience solving real world problems related to network engineering?

Are you searching for meaningful work to solve communications and networking challenges for advanced research and development and novel test and evaluation?

If so, we want you to join our team of engineers working on a set of evolving challenges.

We are seeking a flexible engineer to join a team that loves solving problems and building capabilities that will contribute to operational prototypes. Our team is committed to the mission and passionate about developing capabilities for specialized networks!

As a Networking Orchestration Engineer, you will...

  • Explore technologies and develop solutions to address evolving threats.
  • Have the opportunity to engage with sponsors to understand and seek solutions to their toughest problems.
  • Help design and orchestrate tailored networks and/or threat representative networks.
  • Work with concepts like traffic engineering, software defined networking, protocol manipulation over network types including wired, wireless, LOS, BLOS, and mesh.

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

  • A Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or another related field.
  • Experience with several of the following environments and tools: Linux, Ansible, Containers, C/C++, Python, Java, MATLAB.
  • Experience with relational and NoSQL database technologies (e.g., PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Elastic).
  • Experience with message brokers (e.g., RabbitMQ, Kafka, ZMQ), or other methods of inter-process communication.
  • An understanding of routing protocols, such as OSPF and i/BGP.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, the network and transport layers of communication or networking systems, IPV4/6, TCP and other emerging protocols.
  • The ability to obtain an Interim Top Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a Top Secret level 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 ...

  • Demonstrated ability, or proven experience, developing software applications.
  • Experience integrating with cloud technologies such as AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud.
  • Experience with large scale orchestration and Kubernetes-like systems.
  • Basic understanding of RF communications and digital signal processing concepts.
  • A current Top Secret or TS/SCI clearance.

This position is on-site at APL's main campus (Laurel, MD) with occasional travel to commercial and government test sites.

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 at

About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Only by ensuring that everyone's voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

Client-provided location(s): Laurel, MD, USA
Job ID: hopkins-6941_55047
Employment Type: Other