Senior Systems Engineer

Introduction: The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a senior Systems Engineer to support the National Health Mission Area (NHMA) in its Research & Exploratory Development Department (REDD). The NHMA seeks to revolutionize health through science and engineering in collaboration with partners such as the John Hopkins Enterprise to discover, invent, scale, and disseminate solutions to health and healthcare challenges.

The Health Systems Engineering Group supports the NHMA by retaining technical competencies in systems engineering, software engineering, systems analysis, healthcare domain knowledge, population health management, and project management with particular application to healthcare challenges.

Job Summary:

The R1L Group is seeking a highly skilled and motivated senior Systems Engineer to support its healthcare systems work. The successful candidate will provide overarching technical leadership for multidisciplinary, cross-organizational projects by applying best practices in systems engineering to healthcare environments, will serve as a systems engineering expert, and will liaise with clinical staff in support of re-engineering technologies, information, and workflows to improve patient safety and healthcare system reliability.

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

Participate in key technical efforts by applying and tailoring best practices of systems engineering and project management. Provide technical leadership to guide the development of customer solutions. Furnish deliverables that meet sponsor needs, are consistent with APL quality standards, and conform to the constraints of scope, schedule, and budget for our sponsors. Manage expectations of sponsors, and other internal and external stakeholders, by identifying, mitigating, and communicating risks on these projects. Establish and promote a climate conducive to intellectual curiosity, creativity, innovation, collaboration, growth, productivity, and respect for others. (70%)

Support existing or new business activities to expand or refine the scope of the programs within the Research & Exploratory Development mission area and explore related opportunities tied to challenges in other mission areas. Help develop and guide the execution strategy required to revolutionize the National Health Mission area, which may include supporting sponsor engagement meetings, proposal writing, and concept development. (20%)

Participate in technical project reviews, promote systems engineering best practices, and ensure that deliverables are furnished on-time, within budget, and according to APL technical quality standards. Communicate often and effectively with staff, Section Supervisors, and Group Supervisor. (10%)

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:

MS in engineering with at least 15 years of complex systems development as well as 10 years or more of project or program management experience. A broad understanding of current challenges in health management and healthcare systems. Strong demonstrated skills in leadership, organization, and planning. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated ability to establish relationships and effectively interact with all levels of staff and management, external sponsors, including briefing executive-level sponsors. Demonstrated ability to effectively lead a multidisciplinary team of technical staff in solving complex problems.

Desired Qualifications:

Advanced degree in systems engineering or 15 years of relevant professional systems engineering experience. Exposure to U.S. Military Health System, related vocabulary, and data systems. Previous formal line management experience.

Special Working Conditions (travel, working in closed areas, extended hours):

Ability to travel up to 10%.


Eligibility for a Secret Clearance required. 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.


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.

Meet Some of Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Employees

Mary A.

Lead RF Systems Engineer

Mary Ann builds prototypes and integrates software and hardware communications in order to create complete systems for APL contracts and projects. She also collaborates with her team to fix software issues.

Gianni P.

Electrical Engineer

Gianni works on the design, modeling, and simulation of low- to high-fidelity radar projects for the lab. He also conducts tests to evaluate new technologies.

Back to top