SD-WAN Network Engineer

Laurel MD Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)


Are you a curious, creative and experienced Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) engineer?


Do you want to apply your expertise to new technologies and/or non-traditional problem sets?


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



We are seeking an experienced Network Engineer with expertise in SD-WAN who is motivated to create solutions for the toughest national security challenges. The ideal candidate will be responsible for evaluating and integrating SD-WAN technologies for our sponsors' networks. As an SD-WAN Engineer, you will be working with cutting-edge technology that requires hands-on experience in designing, deploying, and supporting SD-WAN solutions. Your expertise will be used to improve network performance, security, and reliability for our sponsors.


You will be joining a team of engineers who look at wireless networks and network design and architecture to apply to our Government and Military sponsors. We strive to foster an environment of collaboration, innovation and application…and we would love to have you on our team!


As an SD-WAN Engineer, you will…

  • Design, implement, and evaluate SD-WAN solutions for large-scale networks to address Government and Military challenges.
  • Support architecture development, integration, and testing prototypes in operationally-realistic environments, working closely with sponsors to ensure mission success.
  • Work closely with other members of the network engineering team to ensure successful project delivery.
  • Collaborate with our sponsors to understand their networking needs and provide tailored solutions.
  • Document work in formal technical reports and informal memoranda. Present work to sponsors and the technical community.
  • Stay up-to-date on industry trends and emerging technologies related to SD-WAN.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you…

  • Hold a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, or another related field.
  • Have at least five years of relevant experience in network engineering.
  • Have demonstrated extensive experience with SD-WAN products from vendors such as Cisco Viptela, VMware VeloCloud, Juniper SSR, Silver Peak, or Fortinet.
  • Are knowledgeable of current SDN implementations and its use in LAN, CAN, and datacenter environments.
  • Have hands-on experience with routing protocols, such as OSPF, BGP, and EIGRP.
  • Can demonstrate an in-depth understanding of network security concepts and technologies, such as firewalls, VPN, and IPS/IDS.
  • Have knowledge of and experience with the data, network and transport layers of communication or networking systems, IPV4/6, TCP and other emerging protocols.
  • Have demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently or as part of a multi-organizational team.
  • Are highly skilled and have expertise with several of the following environments and tools: Linux, Unix, C, C++, Python, Java, MATLAB.
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a Top 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.


You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you…

  • Have a Master's degree or PhD in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering with a focus in Communications, Networking or another related technical discipline.
  • Have at least ten years of knowledge and experience in data networking and IP standards.
  • Have experience with analysis or development of session and presentation layer software technologies.
  • Have experience with development of and advocacy for technical standards in forums such as IETF, MEF, IEEE, or 3GPP.
  • Have experience with US government and military communication and networking systems.
  • Have experience with Project and/or Technical management of hardware, software, or systems integration teams.
  • Have experience in applying Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence techniques to networking problems.
  • Hold an active TS/SCI US Security clearance.




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



About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Only by ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

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