Systems Engineering
AOS - Asymmetric Operations Sector

Are you passionate about building solutions for our greatest national security challenges?

Are you searching for engaging work with an employer that prioritizes impact, innovation, and personal development?

Do you value working in a creative and collaborative environment?

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

The Tactical Intelligence Systems Group of the Asymmetric Operations Sector needs an experienced leader for a team of scientists and engineers researching and developing perception solutions for our support to our Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC).

As a Tactical Intelligence Systems Engineer, you will...
  • Primarily apply sound systems engineering principles to data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning projects. Define operational problem statements and associated operational and technical system requirements. Support end-to-end test and evaluation activities.
  • Serve as Project Manager for data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other intelligence-related projects. Assume responsibility for project cost, schedule, and performance.
  • Work with the group’s chief engineer to ensure research integrity, and development quality. Perform quality reviews, proposal reviews, and overview of publications and presentations by members of the section. 
  • Research, design, implement, and test machine perception solutions across a wide range of sensor modalities.
  • Provide senior leadership for scientists and engineers by mentoring, coaching, and encouraging junior staff. Contribute to vision and goals, future improvements, strategic direction, and staff planning.

You meet our minimum qualifications if you....

  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or related technical field.
  • Possess excellent organizational and communication (written and spoken) skills.
  • Have a minimum of 5 years experience applying standard systems engineering principles to a variety of DoD and/or Intelligence Community technical domains.
  • Have demonstrated experience in the development of operational requirements and supporting measures of effectiveness and performance.
  • Are experienced with software architecture, development, testing and deployment.
  • Are experienced managing projects and leading teams of up to 10 contributors.
  • Hold an active Top Secret security clearance and can ultimately obtain a TS/SCI level clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security 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 qualifications if you...

  • Posess In-depth knowledge of artificial intelligence and machine learning applications to DoD problem sets.
  • Have a working knowledge of planning and execution of current operations in areas relevant to DoD COCOMs, Special Operations forces, Intelligence Community, and Department of Homeland Security. 
  • Understand DoD / DHS capability development, acquisitions processes and studies such as JCIDS, JREM, Analysis of Alternatives, Mission / Utility assessments, and cost-benefit analysis.
  • Are experienced in transitioning capabilities to DOD Services and DHS Operational Units.
  • Have demonstrated experience in DODAF Operational and System View development and analysis.
  • Are experienced with Program Management, including direct engagement with government sponsors to define operational needs. 
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 www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

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