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Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Software Developer

Laurel, MD


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

Are you searching for engaging work with an employer that prioritizes impact, innovation, and personal development?

Do you value working in a creative and collaborative environment?

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

We want talented individuals who can work as part of a team to design, implement, test, document, and maintain software applications that provide highly impactful capabilities. You will combine software engineering expertise with the latest software research to build rapid prototypes and then turn them into mature product solutions.

As a Software Developer you will...

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  • Design, implement, test, and deploy software applications in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Interact with users to understand their operations and gather requirements.
  • Participate in design reviews to gather critical feedback on system design, integration, and testing.
  • Document and present work on current research and development activities.
  • Seek new and innovative ways to improve task efficiency and document software approaches.
  • Establish relationships across organizational boundaries to increase collaboration.


You'll meet our minimum requirements if you have...

  • A B.S. in Computer Science or Computer Engineering.
  • 3+ years of Java development experience.
  • Experience with web development using modern JavaScript frameworks (Vue.js, ReactJS, Angular etc.), web services, software architecture design and development, information retrieval techniques, and software test and deployment.
  • Comfort working with loosely defined or high-level requirements (as opposed to a fully defined project schedule).
  • Ability to creatively contribute towards developing new requirements by identifying customer needs and applying expertise and knowledge of available methods, tools, and concepts to those needs. This experience should include setting requirements, defining architecture, scoping work for and tasking team members.
  • Familiarity with relational databases (Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Postgres, SQL etc.) or non-relational databases (MongoDB, CouchDB, HBase etc.)
  • Experience working successfully within a team environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Are able to obtain a Secret level 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 have...

  • A M.S. in Computer Science or Computer Engineering.
  • Experience in Agile software development.
  • Experience with relational databases (Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Postgres, SQL etc.) and non-relational databases (MongoDB, CouchDB, HBase etc.) in the areas of query optimization, database design and scalability.
  • Expertise with CSS and web design.
  • Experience with DoD and/or IC customers.

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_42303
Employment Type: Other