Cybersecurity Researcher

at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
Published March 7, 2023
Location Laurel, MD
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  



Are you passionate about researching cybersecurity challenges?
Do you want to contribute to developing innovative technologies that impact national security and critical infrastructure systems?
Do you work best in an intellectually stimulating, professionally rewarding, and fun environment?

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

We are seeking a cybersecurity researcher, who will help us develop new ideas for cybersecurity technologies. As a member of the APL team, you will tackle problems and develop novel solutions for the Government across numerous agencies and departments. Ultimately you will work with teams of engineers and scientists whose goal is to develop creative solutions to existing and emerging cybersecurity challenges from initial idea through the advanced prototype stage and experimentation. We strive to cultivate an environment that promotes professional growth and a balanced life, and inspire diversity of thought. In more detail, your role will be to...

  • Perform basic and/or applied research to address urgent gaps in defensive cybersecurity, including network security, host-based security, mobile security, cloud security, IoT security, software development, and integrated automated cybersecurity.
  • Provide thought leadership and technical leadership in a research environment.
  • Participate in research projects to develop new approaches to cyber defense. Transform concepts into functioning prototypes to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of new and emerging solutions.
  • Participate in teams working to advance defensive capabilities of essential national systems. Analyze and assess existing capabilities and identify exposed gaps. Work with staff to devise and develop algorithms, methods, and new solutions for improving defensive capabilities.
  • Actively engage the broader community by publishing papers and presenting research outcomes in academic settings. Share knowledge by clearly articulating ideas through papers and presentations to technical staff, management and Government decision makers. Take advantage of opportunities to participate in community working groups, sponsor meetings, proposal writing, and conferences.


You meet the minimum qualifications for this position if you have:

  • PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field.
  • 5+ years of research experience.
  • Experience in a variety of programming languages, and be able to develop software to demonstrate new security concepts.
  • Experience with one or more of the following: Windows, Unix-like operating systems (e.g., Linux), shell scripting malware analysis and reverse engineering networking protocols (e.g., TCP, HTTP, and SMTP) cloud computing virtualization (e.g., KVM, Xen, VMware), and IoT.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to obtain a Secret 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:

  • PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field.
  • 7+ years of cyber related research experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership in directing and conducting research efforts, including prior experience as Principal Investigator.
  • Strong background in computer/network security concepts and technologies, including extensive knowledge of enterprise security operations and computer network vulnerabilities and exploits.
  • Experience writing published papers and presenting results to conferences/workshops.
  • A current DoD clearance and prior experience working with Government agencies are desirable.
  • Active TS/SCI 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 .

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