Software Development 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 Software Development Engineer.

Job Summary: Develop prototype solutions to unaddressed, critical military operational shortfalls through research, conceptualization, design, implementation, and evaluation as a member of an established team that has fielded numerous highly regarded capabilities. Subject areas differ widely over time, but current projects focus on improving the exploitation of airborne sensor data through object tracking, multi-sensor correlation, and operational data display.

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

  • Research & concept development for solutions to unaddressed, critical military operational shortfalls. (20%)
  • System design and software implementation of human-machine interfaces for proof-of-concept prototypes. (60%)
  • Support prototype evaluation, experimental operations at military facilities, and transitions of capabilities to government or industry (20%)

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: BS EE, CS or related field. At least 3 years of experience in complex software development and significant knowledge of C or Java in a Linux/Unix environment. Experience with graphical user interface and web technologies such as Java Swing and JavaScript. Highly creative and interested in novel challenges. Self-starter able to work effectively in a demanding, multi-tasking environment. Excellent communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively in a close team environment.

Desired Qualifications: MS EE, CS or related field. 7 years of experience with complex software development and desire to build computer science/software development expertise to address cutting edge challenges. Extensive experience with Java Swing, JavaScript, and OpenGL developing user interfaces for operational systems. Strong ability to successfully apply educational background to real-world engineering problems. Interest and initiative to grow into a leadership position.

Special Working Conditions [Travel, working in closed areas, extended hours]: Occasional travel and work at military facilities including underway on US Navy ships and aircraft, requiring work outside of and in excess of normal working hours.

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 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, and values diversity in its workforce.

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