Software Developer


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 Software Developer.

Job Summary:

Blend industry best practices and the latest research to develop innovative, cutting-edge software prototype solutions to challenging problems. Tools will be used for cyber, social media and deep learning research. Participate in small development teams that design, implement, test, document and maintain web applications to meet sponsor requirements.


  • Understand existing systems and emergent sponsor requirements to develop integrated, holistic solutions. Research best practices and industry standards. Design, implement, test, and maintain software solutions. (80%)
  • Document research approaches, development artifacts and results. (10%)
  • Seek out new and innovative ways to complete tasking more efficiently. Explore promising new research and maintain/gain technical edge required for projects. Establish relationships across organizational boundaries to increase collaboration. Share approaches and methods. (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:

B.S. in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or related field, with zero to three years of practical experience developing software using MATLAB, Python, C# or Java. Experience working successfully within a team environment either at school or in the workplace. Good written and verbal communication skills. Ability to obtain up to a Top Secret clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

Master's degree or higher in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or related field. Experience with DoD and/or IC customers. Experience with web services and web-based UI software and languages (CSS, HTML, JavaScript, node.js, etc.). Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Special Working Conditions: Some limited travel to customer sites may be required.

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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