20 New Jobs Today.

Analyst - Operations & Program Analysis

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Job Description


Do you like thinking about new approaches to hard problems?


Are you interested in continuously learning and applying a wide variety of scientific, mathematical and computational approaches to problems of national security?


Are you interested in taking part in field tests or military exercises, leading or supporting their planning, data collection, analysis and reporting?


Can you clearly communicate your analyses of complex problems to widely different audiences?


Are you interested in helping senior decision makers understand how new technologies can be applied to warfighting and national security problems?


Do you value working in a diverse, creative and collaborative environment?


If so, we want to talk to you about joining the National Security Analysis Department (NSAD) Operations and Programs Analysis Group at Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)!



Our group of engineers, scientists, and mathematicians team together to conduct analyses of military systems and new technologies, their tactical applications, and performance in operational environments. Our analyses inform military Service acquisition processes, development of Service and Joint operating concepts and plans, and senior decision makers regarding technical performance and combat effectiveness of warfighting capabilities. We pride ourselves on our intellectual integrity, and our ability to deliver outstanding, unbiased analysis products. Our group emphasizes personal improvement and growth over short-lived success.


As an Analyst in the NSAD Operations and Programs Analysis Group...

  • Your primary responsibility will be leading or contributing to technically informed, operationally grounded analyses of current and future military systems, and tactics development, to support the warfighter in their tactical and operational employment and to guide acquisition program and prototype development.
  • You will learn and use a wide variety of analysis methods and tools that include modeling and simulation, wargaming and tabletop exercises, design of experiments, field testing, structured interviews and surveys, intelligence analysis, statistics, graph theory, portfolio analysis, optimization methods, and machine learning.
  • You will work closely with military officers and government sponsors to understand the specific problems they face, along with administrative, organizational and policy factors that constrain their solution space, to ensure your analysis is relevant to their needs.
  • You will clearly and effectively communicate your analyses to diverse audiences, including APL colleagues and laboratory leadership, military officers and senior leaders throughout the U.S. government, in order to drive decision-making and have impact with your work.
  • You will work with colleagues across APL to stay informed on emerging technologies and technical systems development, to gain a broad understanding of potential technical solutions to warfighting and national security problems.
  • You will have opportunities to compete for funding to explore and mature your ideas to solve warfighting and national security problems.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Have a Master's degree - preferably with thesis - in Engineering, Mathematics, the Physical Sciences, or in the Social, Data and Computer Sciences, OR have a Bachelor's degree in those same fields and at least three years of relevant experience, OR have multiple internships where you clearly demonstrated the ability to develop and execute analytical approaches to hard problems.
  • Possess strong analytic curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking skills.
  • Can work effectively as part of a team or on your own, across multiple projects.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Have an adventurous spirit, interested in taking part in field tests or exercises - sometimes overseas or in remote locations - working with and learning from military staffs during these events.
  • Are able to obtain a Top Secret security 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 any of the following...

  • Have a Ph.D., or are currently in a Doctoral program on track to graduate, in Engineering, Mathematics, the Physical Sciences, or in the Social, Data and Computer Sciences.
  • Have relevant operational or analytic expertise via prior experience working for the Department of Defense, or for other U.S. federal or state government agencies.
  • Have proficiency in Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) or one or more of the following: Python, C++, MATLAB, Java, SQL, and Visual Basic for Applications computer programming and scripting applications UNIX operating system modeling and simulation environments such as AFSIM, STK, REACT, JAAM and BRAWLER.
  • Possess an active Secret or higher 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 http://www.jhuapl.edu/careers.



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 Accommodations@jhuapl.edu. 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.

*Please mention you saw this ad on PhdJobs.*

Apply Now

Be Seen By Recruiters at the Best Institutions

Create a FREE Profile to be Seen!

Want to stand

Phd Hiring Begins Here.®