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Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Senior Systems Engineer

Gambrills, MD


Are you passionate about building solutions for our greatest national security challenges?

Do you have experience with solving operational challenges at scale and applying systems engineering principles to mission-focused capabilities?

Are you searching for a collaborative, diverse work environment where you can innovate and apply powerful systems engineering practices to innovative programs?

We are seeking a highly motivated System Engineer to help our Department of Defense (DOD) and Intelligence Community (IC) customers transform their mission environments to meet the ever-changing needs of the 21st century.

As a Sr. Systems Engineer, you will ...

  • Work with sponsors and project teams to develop strategies and plan development, perform requirements analysis, architecture analysis, gap and dependency identification, risk analysis, and provide integration and test guidance.
  • Apply your knowledge of systems engineering principles and a detailed understanding of multiple layers of operational concepts, including mission, infrastructure, platform, service, and endpoints, and apply that knowledge to improving capabilities as they are developed, throughout the systems engineering lifecycle, and transitioned to the operational environment.
  • Work with government partners and decision makers to ensure systems under development meet their complex, varied operational needs, while communicating technical risk and limitations.
  • Provide on-site government support to ensure technical direction is developed and maintained.
  • Guide and mentor team members to develop future leaders and technical specialists.

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

  • Bachelor's degree in Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Cyber Security, Computer Information Systems Security, or relevant fields.
  • Experience in early concept development, developing system requirements, performing functional analysis and allocation, and conducting trade studies in support of the design, development, and evaluation of complex systems.
  • Experience with modeling frameworks such as the Department of Defense Architecture Framework or Unified Architecture Framework.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic environment that includes working with changing needs and requirements.
  • Ability to proactively identify and develop solutions to address sponsor critical technical challenges and meet program milestones.
  • Experience working with and leading software development teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; outstanding oral and writing skills, good organizational skills, ability to both lead and work in teams, comfortable and effective in communicating technical topics at all levels-to include peers, executive level management, and senior government leaders.
  • 15 years' experience in Systems Engineering.
  • Hold an active TS/SCI+ poly level clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security 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 ...

  • Familiarity with one or more AI/ML techniques including statistical learning, knowledge representation and semantic reasoning, reinforcement learning, supervised learning, unsupervised learning, neural networks, and generative AI.
  • Understanding of concepts, issues and trades for integrating AI/ML techniques into large distributed architectures.
  • Direct experience applying aspects of Digital Engineering / Model Based Systems Engineering in support of complex system development.
  • Experience in system modeling using UML/SysML and associated modeling software such as Cameo, Rhapsody, or SPARX EA
  • Advanced Degree in Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Cyber Security, Computer Information Systems Security, or related fields.

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): Maryland, USA
Job ID: hopkins-6941_52653
Employment Type: Other