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Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Senior Software Developer

Laurel, MD


Do you have the desire to push the boundaries of cyber security through implementing software that integrates multiple fields to enables something greater than the sum of its parts?

Are you passionate about crafting new ideas and making new capabilities a reality?

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

We are seeking a software developer to help us pursue new and innovative ways to improve task efficiency and enhance our software approaches.

As a Software Developer you will...

  • Primarily lead agile development teams that design, implement, test, document, and maintain software-based applications that meet sponsor requirements.
  • Work with sponsors and end users in defense or intelligence organizations to understand their operations and identify requirements.
  • Seek out innovative ways to enhance software efficiency, security, and stability.
  • Stay ahead of industry and community standards to ensure code maintainability.
  • Explore promising new research areas and seek ways to apply promising ideas to today 's problems. Share approaches and methods.
  • Establish relationships across organizational boundaries to increase teamwork.

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You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Possess a B.S. in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or related field.
  • Possess 5+ years of experience developing software using Java/Kotlin, Python, C#, C/C++, Rust, Golang, or equivalent.
  • Possess experience using web application frameworks and related knowledge base such as JavaScript/Typescript, HTML5, CSS3, JSON/XML, jQuery, D3, SVG, RESTful web services, or (No)SQL.
  • Work effectively as part of a larger team developing software applications
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Are able to obtain a Secret security 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...

  • Possess a Master 's degree or higher in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or related field
  • Ability to apply software development skills to different domains and subject matters (e.g. biotechnology, cyber security, etc.).
  • Possess experience with Department of Defense and/or Intelligence Community customers
  • Experience with network security and systems integration.
  • Possess knowledge of geospatial information systems, deep learning, and computer vision experience in tensorflow/keras.
  • Possess experience with hierarchical bayesian modeling, programming experience with R, Python, or equivalent to analyze genomics data.

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_41570
Employment Type: Other