Software Engineer

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Software Engineer for the nation's most pressing cyber security challenges.

Job Summary

Are you interested in making critical contributions that impact national security systems? JHU/APL's Enterprise Systems Group in the Asymmetric Operations Sector is seeking critical problem solvers with strong software engineering skills to tackle the nation's most pressing cyber security challenges. Play a major role researching and developing novel security solutions in the area of Internet of Things, cloud computing, trusted computing, and security operations. Work alongside engineers and scientists who are passionate about innovation and are driven to make a real difference in defending our nation.

Opportunities exist on research teams developing cutting edge solutions capable of defending, detecting, and responding to advanced cyber-attacks. Are you interested in working in an intellectually stimulating, professionally rewarding, and fun environment? Come join our team!

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

1. Apply software engineering principles to design, develop, and test research prototypes that demonstrate future enterprise defense concepts. (50%)

2. Assess, extend, refactor, and document existing research systems and technologies. (40%)

3. Share knowledge and expertise by collaborating with other APL staff, engaging with Government stakeholders, and participation at conferences and in working groups. (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

BS degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related field of study or 3–5 years of software development experience

  • Proficient in at least one of the following programming languages: C, C , Java, or Python
  • Experience with software engineering practices across the software development life cycle, including coding standards, version control (e.g., Git, Mercurial, or Subversion), code review, and testing / quality assurance
  • Experience with one or more of the following: Unix-like operating systems (e.g., Linux), shell scripting; malware analysis and reverse engineering; networking protocols (e.g., TCP, HTTP, and SMTP); cloud computing; virtualization (e.g., KVM, Xen, VMware)
  • Capable of working independently and as a member of a team; demonstrated good interpersonal skills.
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to obtain a Secret clearance.

Desired Qualifications

MS or PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related field with at least 5 years of software engineering experience
  • Prior experience with Windows or Linux kernel internals and device drivers
  • Demonstrated leadership ability in software development or engineering projects
  • Current DOD clearance and prior experience working with Government agencies are highly desirable
  • Active TS/SCI clearance.

Special Working Conditions: None

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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