Software 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 an experienced Software/Applications Developer and technical lead in the areas of web and database software design and implementation.

Job Summary:

Work as a software engineer building Java based web applications. Provide high quality, end-to-end software development in support of several government sponsor projects.

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

  1. Design and code web and database applications (70%)
  2. Gather requirements, design technical solutions, work on software development teams, test, deploy, maintain, and enhance websites and database applications (20%)
  3. Develop and maintain software documentation and User Manuals (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:

Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Information Sciences or equivalent experience of professional level Web and database applications experience. Proficient in Java/JavaScript programming languages. Extensive experience in software development, modern design patterns and web technologies using multi-tier architectures. Experience with modern web technologies, JavaScript libraries, AJAX, JSON, HTML5/CSS3 and responsive design. Must be able to identify and document requirements to analyze processes and workflows. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to prioritize tasks and work as part of a team and/or independently.

Desired Qualifications:

Knowledge of interfacing with relational database like Oracle/SQL server and No SQL. Must have a detailed and clear understanding of HTML, XML, and Cascading Stylesheets (CSS). Knowledge of agile methodology, unit testing, continuous integration. The ability to work on multiple projects at once. Strong interpersonal and sponsor interface skills.

Special Working Conditions (travel, working in closed areas, extended hours): Minimal travel to local area sponsor sites may be necessary.

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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