Software Engineer

    • Laurel, MD

Are you passionate about applying your software engineering skills to meaningful work?

Are you a problem solver ready to contribute to finding solutions to the nation’s pressing cyber security challenges?

Do you work best in an intellectually stimulating, professionally rewarding, and fun environment?

If so, we are looking for someone like you to join our APL team.

We are seeking a motivated and creative software engineer, who will play a major role developing novel security solutions in the area of Internet of Things, cloud computing, trusted computing, and security operations. As a member of the APL team, you will develop novel solutions and new technologies for the Government across numerous agencies and departments. Ultimately, you will work with teams of engineers and scientists who are passionate about innovation and are driven to make a real difference in defending our nation. We strive to cultivate an environment that promotes professional growth and a balanced life, and inspire diversity of thought. In more detail, your role will be to...

  • Developing cutting edge solutions capable of defending, detecting, and responding to advanced cyber-attacks.
  • Apply software engineering principles to design, develop, and test research prototypes that demonstrate future enterprise defense concepts.
  • Assess, extend, refactor, and document existing research systems and technologies.
  • Share knowledge by collaborating with and mentoring other APL staff, engaging with Government partners, and participate at conferences and in working groups.


You meet the minimum qualifications for this position if you have:
  • BS degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related field of study or 3 years of software development experience.
  • Proficiency in at least one of the following programming languages: C, C , Java, Python, or a comparable language.
  • Experience with software engineering practices across the software development process, including coding standards, version control (e.g., Git, Mercurial, or Subversion), code review, and testing / quality assurance.
  • Experience with one or more of these technologies: 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).
  • Good interpersonal skills - capable of working independently or collaboratively on a team.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to obtain a Secret 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:
  • MS or PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related field.
  • At least 5 years of software engineering experience.
  • Prior experience with Windows or Linux kernel internals and device drivers.
  • Leadership experience on software development or engineering projects.
  • Prior experience working with Government agencies are highly desirable.
  • Active TS/SCI clearance.


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 atwww.jhuapl.edu/careers.


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