Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Strategic Communications Systems Expert/researcher

3+ months agoLaurel, MD

Are you searching for meaningful work as a strategic communications expert to enable the U.S. to prevail against the ever-evolving conventional and asymmetric threats?

Are you looking for an opportunity to lead people, mentor staff, and shape technology solutions for systems of strategic national importance?

If so, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

The Asymmetric Operations Sector (AOS) at the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is seeking a recognized leader with demonstrated expertise in NLCC and nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3) to contribute toward innovations that enable our national and strategic operational communications capabilities to execute all strategic missions in the face of any emergency.

As a Strategic Communications Expert, you will:

  • Apply your deep knowledge of the field, strong reputation in the community, and demonstrated strategic leadership in developing future directions to further decades of strategic communications research and advanced capability development.
  • Provide leadership and expertise to assist over 200 engineers and scientists in developing innovations in communications capabilities.
  • Provide thought leadership and technical expertise in the advancement and application of critical capabilities supporting strategic enterprise networks to include mission assurance, cyber operations, cyber vulnerability analysis, digital and mission engineering, decision support, data analytics, and situational awareness. Lead multiple, simultaneous research and development projects.
  • Provide technical leadership in helping the sector build a coherent vision and supporting strategies, and executing them to deliver critical contributions.
  • Develop strategic alliances with key sponsors in the defense, intelligence and government communities.
  • Serve on national level boards to help advance national security.


You meet the minimum qualifications for this position if you have:

  • An M.S. in a technical discipline such as computer science, mathematics, physics or electrical/computer engineering.
  • At least 20 years of related computer or information security experience at a strategic level.
  • Demonstrated strategic thought leadership with systems engineering experience and the ability to integrate ideas from multiple disciplines.
  • Recognized expertise in information technology.
  • Deep knowledge of the NC3 and NLCC communities.
  • A proven track record of delivering results in new concept development.
  • A commitment to assuring national security missions.
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills and experience in effectively communicating to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Hold an active Top Secret security clearance and can ultimately obtain TS/SCI level 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.
  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you have:

  • A Ph.D. in a technical discipline such as computer science, mathematics, physics or electrical/computer engineering.
  • Ten+ years of experience in strategic communications leadership positions, such as senior scientist or technical director, or military/government leadership positions in planning or execution of nuclear and/or strategic missions.
  • Previous experience working with government, intelligence community and DOD sponsors.
  • Experience in leading and setting strategic direction.
  • Previous success in creatively addressing hard, real-world problems and delivering results.
  • Active TS/SCI clearance with a polygraph.

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 at

Job ID: hopkins-6941_23598