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Cybersecurity Researcher
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
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Date Posted 01/15/2020
Science-Computer Sciences
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description 

Cybersecurity Researcher-22296 


Position Description

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 prior 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.

 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 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. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and 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.



APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  


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