Network Systems and Cyber Security Engineering (El Segundo, CA)

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 System Engineer with experience in communications systems and software development.

Job Summary: Systems Engineer / SW SE engineer to work closely with Government sponsors to develop system CONOPS, define cyber and software architectures for sponsor solutions in DoDAF construct, work with stake holders to define system requirements and assist sponsors to ensure user needs are met and contractors are meeting requirements and deliverables. Act as Technical Advisor Agent to sponsors in architecture and program development and in contractor program reviews, both internal and external.


  • Apply systems engineering processes to define and translate concepts, identify architecture technical requirements. Participate in system design, development, prototyping, demonstration and testing efforts. Work as part of a Government team to validate and verify design specifications, document and analyze requirements, review and critique system verification plan / procedures, and analyze system performance vs. requirements and user needs.
  • Interact closely with multiple stakeholders, system and software engineers to arrive at a consensus on the design, development and test phases of the program. Present analysis, propose technical solutions, model and measure performance, and validate results.
  • Review cyber and software architectures and designs of applications within distributed computing, data networks, network simulation, and tactical networks. Perform vulnerability assessment of computer networks and satellite ground stations.
  • Identify and coordinate technical work performed for sponsor at APL Laurel location.
  • Participate as a member of the team to evaluate contractor's proposals for the follow on system then provide contractor oversight to ensure the developed system meets user needs while containing program risks. Additionally, brief approach, implementation and progress to APL management and sponsors.

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:

  • BS in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science related disciplines.
  • 10 years of strong Software systems engineering (SE) and software development experience with emphasis on cyber security, software security requirements and definition, and software interaction with satellite ground systems. Demonstrated understanding of software development, protection against software intrusion techniques, understanding of communication networks, and overall system vulnerability.
  • Demonstrate strong analytical and problem solving skills with understanding of computer ground networks.
  • Demonstrate experience in software and network system engineering methodologies, principles, and concepts to solve systems related challenges.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a dynamic environment that includes working with changing needs and requirements.
  • The applicant should demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, be able to work independently, work as a team player and work closely with sponsors.
  • The applicant must demonstrate outstanding written and oral communication skills and good organizational skills.
  • Current TS/SCI/SSBI

Desired Qualifications:

  • MS in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science related disciplines and 15 years of frontend SE and software SE experience with understanding of communication and computer networks .
  • Experience with current Air Force satellite ground networks, DoDAF, DoD 5000, and model based systems engineering (MBSE) .
  • Demonstrated ability in Cyber and Computer Network security and protection.
  • Experience in protecting against Cyber intrusion techniques

Special Working Conditions: Position will be located in El Segundo, CA, on-site at sponsor facility.

Travel: Requires occasional travel.

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.

Applicant must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Must have a current TS/SCI/SSBI

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a relocation package, 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, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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