Software Engineer for Ground System Development

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a software engineer to design, develop, and test spacecraft data processing and visualization software solutions.

Job Summary: Dynamic software engineer needed with full life-cycle development experience to analyze, design, develop, and test software solutions to process, archive, and visualize space mission data as an extension to our ground data system architectures.


  • Analyze, design, develop, and test software in accordance with the Space Exploration Sector development practices. (75%)
  • Contribute to department research, processes, and tools evaluation via rapid prototyping and experimentation. (25%)

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. or M.S. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or equivalent.
  • Some experience developing application software or system software using Java, .NET, and/or C . Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with Unix, Linux, and network computing.
  • Familiarity with the full software development life cycle, software design methodology, configuration management systems, and product defect tracking tools.
  • Proficient understanding of distributed computing principles.
  • Ability to acquire TS/SCI.

Desired Qualifications: Familiarity with Web Application Programming, Web Services, SQL and NoSQL databases, and multi-threaded programming. Prior experience with Unity or similar tools and technologies. Familiarity with Ground Data Systems and Mission Operations a plus. Clearable at the TS/SCI level.

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel may be required.


Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship.


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, and values diversity in its workforce. 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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