Systems Engineer


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking an experienced Systems Engineer to join a team in the development of innovative system-oriented solutions to problems related to infrastructure protection systems.

Job Summary:

Exercise leadership in systems engineering skills to guide a variety of projects representing a wide range of critical national challenges including border protection, transportation security, and critical infrastructure protection (physical and cyber). Specifically, provide systems engineering leadership to assess needs, develop requirements, analyze technical options, test and evaluate concepts, and verify and validate systems.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

  • Customer/End User Interaction: Working with multiple sponsors, provide technical guidance and support on U.S. Government homeland protection programs. Frequent interaction with customers, end users and other stakeholders to elicit end user needs, desires and constraints. Effectively communicate strengths and limitations of proposed responses. (40%)
  • Project Planning and execution: Independently contribute and lead technical teams in the development of systems and systems elements. Develop acquisition plans that consider the full system life cycle. (25%)
  • Needs Analysis: Evaluate systems, systems of systems, and system concepts in order to identify gaps and proposed solutions. Translate analytic results into requirements and design. (20%)
  • Test and Evaluation: Design and execute programs to verify and validate systems and system concepts (15%)

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:

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Applied Math/Physics or equivalent, with ten (10) years professional experience, of which at least five (5) years must be in system engineering role. Experienced with missions operations analysis, DHS/DoD system acquisition engineering, and customer engagement.

Desired Qualifications:

Master’s Degree, plus15 or more years systems engineering experience including experience in leading projects, ability to work with and lead teams, ability to work and communicate with customers and external partner organizations, ability to consider the social and policy implications of systems, ability to support projects beyond immediate experience and subject matter expertise, familiarity with needs analysis, requirements development, system integration and verification and validation.

Special Working Conditions [Travel, working in closed areas, extended hours]: Some travel (50% -) including frequent local travel will be required, occasional extended hours required to meet product deadlines. Potential for work in closed areas or in government sponsored offices two or three days a week.

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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