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Senior Research Analyst - National Security
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
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Date Posted March 12, 2018
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description 

Senior Research Analyst - National Security-16479 


Position Description

Are you interested in solving broad, complex problems that have a critical impact on our nation now and into the future?  If so, we would love to talk with you.


JHU APL is looking for talented, enthusiastic individuals to contribute to high impact, insightful analyses that address critical national security and military challenges.


The scientists and engineers at APL work on many advanced systems and cutting-edge technologies. A main focus for the National Security AnalysisDepartment (NSAD) is to guide that work in the long term, providing analyses that offer possible solutions to tomorrow’s challenges in national security,space, and health. We don’t offer ‘cookie cutter’ solutions – the Analysts in NSAD get to the root of the issue and ensure that we address the keyproblems faced by decision makers, not just their underlying symptoms.


Successful individuals are inherently curious, flexible, out-of-the-box thinkers, with good critical thinking skills, independent judgment, and excellent presentation styles.

Candidates should have demonstrated strengths in at least two of the following:





  1. Conduct and/or lead analyses of systems and their operations; associated doctrinal, policy, organizational, training, logistical, or command, control, and communications considerations; and/or other topics of concern to senior decision makers, all in areas related to national security, health, and other related military, homeland defense, or related interagency operations (60%)
  2. Lead internal study efforts related to novel national security topics requiring development of new analytic approaches and/or technical/operational solutions (15%)
  3. Develop analysis plans, identify effectiveness measures and data requirements, craft analytic approaches, interpret results, and document and communicate results to sponsors (15%)
  4. Develop strategies for future studies and analysis throughout the Laboratory through engagement with current and potential sponsors and subject matter experts within the national security domain (10%)




Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.



Required Qualifications:

Master's degree in the physical sciences, mathematics, operations research,

social sciences, law or a related discipline.


Minimum of 10 years’ experience in DoD or U.S. government applying analytic 

techniques to address operational or strategic issues.


Superb oral and written communications skills; ability to articulate complex

issues to senior decision makers.


Solid grasp of National Security Strategy and strategic issues.


Experience using a variety of analytic techniques to address these issues.


Desired Qualifications:

PhD  in the physical sciences, mathematics, operations research, social

sciences, law or a related discipline, or JD


Demonstrated leadership in studies and analysis experience with an

FFRDC or equivalent.


Security: Top Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information up to the Top Secret level. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship.


Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at


Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Primary Location

 *United States-*Maryland-*Laurel 


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