Systems Analyst/Software Developer

Laurel MD Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)


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.
  • Willingness to travel up to 5% of the time as needed.
  • Are able to obtain an 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.


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



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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