Senior Systems Cybersecurity Engineer


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 Senior Systems Cybersecurity Engineer.

Job Summary:

Motivated candidates are expected to work with APL program management within the Precision Strike Mission Area to engage the sponsor within the Naval Air Systems Command regarding relevant defensive cyber work. Provide engineering and operational expertise towards studying, designing, developing, implementing, and testing for robust and resilient capabilities and solutions applied to military aircraft platforms and systems. Emphasis is on providing systems engineering expertise to yield effective cybersecurity solutions for Combat and Weapons Systems, C4I, avionics, and related mission and/or tactical systems, by employing technology, people, training and processes to achieve the most robust and resilient systems against nation-state adversaries.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

1. Work with project and program management to interface with the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) sponsor to discuss ongoing APL work. Work with project and program management and NAVAIR to identify areas of cyber need and engage the sponsor to bring in defensive cyber relevant work in the Precision Strike Mission Area where APL can make significant impact. Identify opportunities to advance the science and technology relevant to defensive cyber challenges unique to NAVAIR and Precision Strike. (50%)

2. Analyze and evolve the architecture, design, constraints, and requirements of military and tactical systems to enhance system resilience to cyber-attack in the presence of an adverse cyber environment. (25%)

3. Lead technical teams in the definition and design of robust and resilient solutions for the acquisitions, operations and sustainment of military and tactical systems in the presence of adverse cyber environments. (25%)

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:

M.S. in Information Technology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering, or related fields with experience designing and developing systems of systems and/or enterprise systems with complex computational and processing dependencies. Demonstrated ability with 4 or more years of experience designing defensive cyber solutions that inhibit or mitigate operational impact from cyber-attack given constraints of operations, performance or organization. Experience with policies, governance, and cyber-security/IT processes for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). Familiar with security technologies used in an enterprise security operations center. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Proven ability to work in diverse teams as a leader and a contributor. Proven demonstration as a critical thinker developing solutions to complex problems. Demonstrated team leadership or project management skills. Proven demonstration as a critical thinker developing strategy and solutions to solving complex problems. Active Secret clearance, with the ability to obtain a Top Secret clearance, and be TS / SSBI SCI Eligible.

Desired Qualifications:

5 or more years' experience with Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) systems architecture, design, and cybersecurity solutions. Detailed technical understanding and/or operational/maintenance experience with Combat Systems, Weapons and Stores Systems, C4I, Avionics, and/or other related military operational technology, including embedded systems and supporting platform network and computing environments is advantageous. Demonstrated knowledge of cyber issues surrounding real-time operating systems, software-intensive systems, unmanned systems, military standard bus specifications, and operational mission/domain-specific applications. Experience with full life-cycle system engineering process and/or applied research. Active Top Secret / SCI clearance.

Special Working Conditions: Some travel required (<25>

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.

Benefits: 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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