Systems Architectures and Modeling Engineer

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Job Summary: Engineer needed to work closely with Government sponsors to define architectures for sponsor solutions, work with stakeholders to define system requirements and assist sponsors to ensure user needs are met. Applicant must be willing to travel up to 50% of their time. Engineer must have or be capable of holding at least a secret security clearance


  • Support sponsor definition and development of cyber security based system requirements, architecture, and associated documentation for military polar satellite ground and space systems and payloads. (50%)
  • Interact closely with multiple stakeholders. Apply systems engineering processes to develop, identify, translate, and backfill system functional architecture. Participate as an observer in system design, development, prototyping, demonstration, and testing efforts. Work as part of a JHU/APL team to validate and verify design specifications, review and critique system verification plan / procedures, and analyze system performance vs. design and user needs. (25%)
  • Work in closed spaces developing cyber security model based system architecture. Work with sponsors to obtain, analyze, and document security and cyber engineering requirements. Develop and trace cyber security requirements in coordination with new cyber development requirements schema. (25%)

In all cases, perform required tasks in a manner consistent with APL quality processes.

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:

  • BS in Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Aerospace Engineering or related discipline; up to two years of experience.
  • The candidate should be familiar with some hardware or software elements which are part of systems designs.
  • Must have ability to learn new skills, evaluate systems trades, and learn systems engineering tools.
  • Must possess strong analytical and problem solving skills coupled with a fundamental understanding of systems engineering.
  • Be able to grasp and apply systems, hardware and software engineering methodologies, principles, and concepts to solve systems related challenges.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a dynamic environment that includes working with changing needs and requirements. The applicant should demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, be able to work independently, work as a team player, work closely with sponsors and mentor.
  • The applicant must demonstrate outstanding written and oral communication skills and good organizational skills.
  • Applicant must be capable of receiving at least a secret security clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Desire to obtain an advanced degree in an engineering discipline.
  • Hands on experience in development of system requirements and architecture.
  • Experience with the RMF cyber security controls and process
  • Familiarity with DOORS v 9.5 or Next Gen, Enterprise Architect, MagicDraw, and Rhapsody.

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

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