Systems Analyst/Software Developer

Software Engineering
AMDS - Air and Missile Defense Sector

Do you love developing creative solutions to challenging problems?


Are you searching for important software analysis work, where you can contribute to some of our country's most fascinating security challenges?


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


We are seeking a technical expert to take the role of a Systems Analyst. The Systems Analyst will participate in a team environment to develop modeling and simulation (M&S) tools as well as utilize those tools to support performance analysis of elements of the Aegis Weapon System (AWS) (e.g. Weapon Control System). You will be joining a hardworking team of engineers and scientists who are passionate about developing high-impact solutions with strong scientific rigor. Our team is committed to taking on complex problems with technical excellence and steadfast integrity. We strive to foster an environment of collaboration, innovation, and sustained professional growth.


As a Systems Analyst/Software Developer…


  • You will analyze M&S results to evaluate system performance and identify system capabilities and limitations in support of Navy fleet studies and flight test events. Identify outliers and perform root cause analysis to support verification and validation of M&S tools.
  • You will develop tools in Python and MATLAB to analyze system performance and visualize data in meaningful, innovative ways.
  • You will implement new functionality in models written in C++ to capture current system capabilities as well as support algorithm development for concept and feasibility studies for future capabilities.
  • You will produce documentation on system requirements, software design, technical recommendations, and analysis results. Deliver presentations to technical staff, program leadership, and Sponsors.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...


  • Have a BS degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, or related field.
  • Have 1+ years of related professional experience.
  • Are proficient with one or more of the following: MATLAB, Python, and C++.
  • Are familiar with software revision control systems (e.g. Git, Subversion).
  • Are detail-oriented with strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Are highly self-motivated to dig into data to root cause issues and to understand system performance.
  • Have strong technical written and oral communication skills.
  • Have the ability to work both independently and as part of a larger team, as well as effective collaboration skills with other teams and contractors.
  • Willingnesss to travel up to 5% of the time as needed.
  • Are able to obtain Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain Secret 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 an MS degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, or related field.
  • Have proficiency with Python data science libraries (e.g. NumPy, Pandas).
  • Have experience developing object-oriented C++ software in a Linux environment.
  • Are familiar with Git and debugging tools (e.g. gdb).
  • Are familiar with the Atlassian tool suite (e.g. Confluence, JIRA, Bitbucket, Bamboo).
  • Have experience developing high- or variable-fidelity models and simulations.
  • Have strong interpersonal and communications skills with a desire to take on leadership roles for analysis studies.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Aegis Weapon System and/or Weapon Control 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 at





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