Software Engineer

Introduction: 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 Simulation Software Engineer.

Job Summary: The Combat System Development and Assessment Group (A3B) of the Air and Missile Defense Sector (AMDS) is seeking an individual to perform software development as part of a team utilizing Modeling and Simulation (M&S) to address complex Air and Missile Defense (AMD) real-world challenges.

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

  • Software development and integration of real-time and/or event driven models representing current or future tactical system behavior. Tasks include software design, implementation, integration, and testing. (70%)
  • Research and consultation with Subject Matter Experts to identify software requirements. (20%)
  • Documentation and presentations of software designs/implementations and M&S results.(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:

B.S. in Computer Science, Engineering, Math, or Physics. At least one year of experience with C or Java. Excellent communication and collaboration skills. Motivated self-starter and independent learner with strong problem solving skills. Must be able to obtain a Secret clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

M.S. in Computer Science, Engineering, Math, or Physics. Three years experience in software development with at least one year of C in a UNIX/Linux environment. Proficiency in real-time software development in a UNIX/Linux environment. Familiarity with scripting and analysis languages such as Python, Perl, and MATLAB. Broad knowledge of software development methodologies, best practices, and tools. Experience with Navy or DoD tactical systems.

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel for meetings and program reviews. Some work may be after normal working hours or at government facilities.

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 orientation, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

Meet Some of Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Employees

Gianni P.

Electrical Engineer

Gianni works on the design, modeling, and simulation of low- to high-fidelity radar projects for the lab. He also conducts tests to evaluate new technologies.

Mary A.

Lead RF Systems Engineer

Mary Ann builds prototypes and integrates software and hardware communications in order to create complete systems for APL contracts and projects. She also collaborates with her team to fix software issues.

Back to top