Software Engineer/Analyst

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/Analyst.

Job Summary: Develop software applications in support of studies and analyses of precision strike warfare systems. Tasks include requirements, algorithm design, code and unit test, and other software engineering tasks as needed.


  • Coordinate with systems engineers and analysts to develop physics-based software applications for engineering-level models and simulations of electronics and communications operational environments. (25%)
  • Develop system and software architecture models as the basis for assessing system performance effectiveness. Develop algorithms to represent system functionality. (25%)
  • Develop post-processing, data visualization and database designs to support studies and analyses. (20%)
  • Develop embedded software applications for operational control of precision strike systems and associated simulators and test equipment. (20%)
  • Test and evaluate software in support of studies and analyses. (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 mathematics, engineering, computer science, or related technical discipline or equivalent, with 3 years of relevant experience. The candidate should have an excellent understanding of higher-level mathematics. An enthusiastic attitude and creative, independent thinking ability are equally important to specific technical skills. The candidate should be familiar with object oriented software architecture, design,development and test, particularly for strike warfare electronic systems. Good verbal and written communication skills and logical reasoning. Able to work effectively as a multi-disciplinary team. Able to multitask and produce workable results in a timely fashion. The candidate must be proficient in C with recent experience, and one or more programming languages including Java, C#, and Matlab.

Desired Qualifications: M.S. in mathematics, computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, physical science or related technical discipline. Experience with cross-language embedding, OpenGL shaders, BSD socket application program interfaces, asynchronous I/O libraries such as Boost.asio, and multithreaded programming (synchronization and optimization). Also desire experience with design patterns such as Observer, Model View Controller and Model View Presenter. Familiarity with scientific programming, software engineering tools and practices, Agile development processes, graphical user interface development tools, and MySQL (or equivalent) database development. Experience with embedded software development for military radar, flight control and communications systems. Prior experience leading small teams.

Special Working Conditions: Travel as needed to by car and commercial aircraft to sponsor and contractor sites.

Security: TS/SCI Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for an SSBI and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. Preference for current SSBI. Eligibility requirements include US 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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