System Security Engineer / Cyber Systems Engineer

    • Laurel, MD

Are you an "out-of-the-box systems thinker" who likes to come up with creative solutions to problems?

Are you passionate about addressing the cyber threat and applying appropriate

technologies for future resilient military systems?

Do you love working with a diverse group of dedicated technical specialists in a collaborative teaming environment?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

We are seeking a Cyber Systems Engineer interested in learning and incorporating system security engineering into military systems. In the Weapon Systems Engineering Group in the Force Projection Sector, we provide vital systems engineering and system development expertise to nationally important strategic deterrence capabilities for the Navy and Air Force.

As a member of our team, you will develop advanced engineering principles and approaches to influence the design of next generation weapon systems, assess ongoing system designs for mission resilience against advanced threats, and create and execute system analysis and assessment plans for strategic weapons systems development programs.

We are passionate about making critical contributions to these critically important programs, and you will be a key part of our success. With your help, we will remain at the forefront of weapon systems engineering for our Navy and Air Force sponsors.

As a Cyber Systems Engineer ...

  • Your primary responsibility will be to drive industry-leading strategy, planning, and concept development for innovative new weapon system resiliency solutions.
  • You will develop and execute systems engineering processes that incorporate mission resiliency against cyber threats into the design process.
  • You will perform applied research to understand the current analytic needs of sponsors and work with various teams and leadership to develop new capabilities to quantify, describe, and build robust systems capable of successfully performing the mission while operating in current and future cyber contested environments.
  • You will provide systems engineering, analysis expertise, and thought leadership in strategic deterrence weapon systems development with respect to cyber resiliency.
  • You will employ critical thinking to analyze requirements, architecture, design, and fielded products for resilience sufficiency and impact to the performance of strategic deterrence weapon systems.
  • You will deliver formal presentations to sponsors and the engineering community and effectively communicate proposed concepts/solutions and analysis results.
  • You will produce documentation to capture concept definitions, requirements, analysis results, and technical recommendations.
  • You will participate in design and requirements reviews.
  • You will perform assessments of fielded systems and report on the findings.
  • You will work with dynamic teams comprised of experts in a variety of diverse backgrounds.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics, math, or other related technical discipline.
  • Have 2 years of experience in the early concept development, requirements analysis, design, test and evaluation, and/or risk assessment of complex systems.
  • Have experience with or have taken coursework in system security engineering disciplines or engineering cyber resilient systems.
  • Have demonstrated initiative, motivation, flexibility and interest in working in a team environment.
  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong critical thinking skills.
  • Are willing and able to travel periodically, including short duration visits to sponsor offices at the Washington Navy Yard and to supporting contractor sites, as well as occasional travel to other military bases across the country.
  • Hold an active Secret security clearance and are able to get a Top 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 an advanced degree in engineering, physics, or mathematics.
  • Have 3 years of experience in a cybersecurity related field.
  • Have design or evaluation experience working with missile systems.
  • Have experience in the development, implementation, operation (including incident or casualty response), or test/evaluation of complex systems.
  • Have shown the ability to interact effectively with and lead diverse, multidisciplinary teams, including industry and government sponsors.
  • Have experience with early DoD acquisition activities including concept development and Pre-Milestone A activities.
  • Have knowledge of the Navy Trident II Strategic Weapon System, Air Force Minuteman III System, and/or Air Force Ground Based Strategic Deterrent System.

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

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