Mission: APL provides critical contributions to critical challenges. Our scientists, engineers, and analysts serve as trusted advisors and technical experts to the government, ensuring the reliability of complex technologies that safeguard our nation’s security and advance the ...
Popular Science named Parker Solar Probe the innovation of the year for 2018. APL designed and built the spacecraft for NASA and we are so proud of our engineers and scientists who made this groundbreaking innovation possible!
Our engineers and researchers are always looking for opportunities to apply their expertise to new, complex challenges. In his latest paper, APL's Dr. Paul Stockton offers his perspective on defending our nation's electric grid.
The Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a not-for-profit center for engineering and research and development. APL is a division of one of the world's premier research universities, Johns Hopkins University. As a University Affiliated Research Center, we serve as a liaison between government and industry—a trusted, impartial, and noncompetitive technical agent.
APL solves complex research, engineering, and analytical problems that present critical challenges to our nation. That's how we decide what work we will pursue, and it’s how we've chosen to benchmark our success. APL works on more than 600 programs serving the Navy, Air Force, Army, NASA, and numerous other government agencies. The expertise we bring includes highly qualified and technically diverse teams with hands-on operational knowledge of the military and security environments.
APL promotes work-life balance, health and financial peace of mind, and life-long learning with our generous package of employee benefits.
Our staff members enjoy flexible working hours and, when possible, remote work. Paid leave is offered for major holidays, up to seven sick days, and one personal day during the year. Paid leave is also available for military leave, jury duty, continuing education, and bereavement. Paid vacation and annual carryover is based on years of employment and staff level.
APL encourages staff members to further their education. Our Part-Time Study Program pays tuition and fees for approved courses, through either prepayment or reimbursement, up to 24 credit hours per year. Dependent children of staff members (with at least 5 years of service at APL) are eligible to apply for college tuition scholarship grants up to $10,500 per academic year.
APL contributes up to 10.5% of staff members' pay to their retirement plans. This includes an APL contribution equal to 2.5% of pay, plus matching contributions of $2 for every $1 of staff member contributions, up to a maximum APL contribution of 8% of pay. Staff members become eligible for APL's contriubtions after one year of employment and are immediately 100% vested.
APL offers medical, vision, prescription, and dental insurance to staff members and their families, including same-sex domestic partners. Staff members also enjoy life insurance, legal services, and disability benefit options.
Our summer internship program offers students practical work experience and an introduction to APL. Students spend the summer working with APL scientists and engineers, conducting research, developing leadership skills, and growing professionally.
This summer, more than 350 interns from 100+ colleges interned at APL. These interns ranged from freshmen to Ph.D. level, worked on projects across APL, and had the opportunity to network throughout the summer at seminars, social events, and workshops.
Typical internship assignments may include:
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We are committed to inspiring, engaging and preparing the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Through APL’s STEM programs, students from elementary to high school are able to build interest, develop skills, and explore real-world applications of what they are learning.
APL's staff members are passionate about their work, and many seek opportunities to engage their technical interests beyond APL’s missions. With STEM programs that reach over 3,000 students annually, our staff members are able to exercise their passions and expertise, while inspiring students and promoting the future of STEM.
APL takes pride in our commitment to STEM and in our staff members’ dedication to making a difference in the lives of students. Want to learn more about APL’s STEM programs? Click here.
I have been working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time
- Extremely innovative/exciting work across many different areas (defense, space, healthcare, robotics and autonomy, AI, materials science, etc.) that has a positive impact on the world.
- APL is a research center, so the majority of the work you'll be doing hasn't been done before. You will be challenged to think critically, which will help you grow both personally and professionally.
- Incredibly smart and passionate people allow for a collaborative, supportive, and inclusive environment.
- You are encouraged to work on the things you want to work on, and your supervisor would be happy to work with you in finding tasking that is a better match for your interests if you're unhappy in your current role.
- Many opportunities to earn internal funding if you have an innovative/relevant project you want to work on.
- Continuous learning is highly encouraged and supported. You can earn a graduate degree (in a field relevant to your role) at no cost to you. There are also many training and development (both technical and non-technical) courses regularly offered at the lab.
- Flexible work schedules.
- Great benefits, including the best retirement plan company match I've seen.
- Many clubs/organizations to become a part of as well as organized social events throughout the year.
- Overall: There are so many great opportunities at APL, so you will get out of it what you put into it.
- At times, typical red-tape found in all organizations in defense (however, I believe APL does the best job at mitigating these barriers).
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I applied online. I interviewed at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in February 2017.
Software Engineer, Associate Professional Staff I.
Applied online, and received an on-site interview invitation a month or two later.
APL is divided into sectors, and you'll interview with the sectors that are interested in you. Depending on the sector, group (subset of sector), and individuals you interview with, your experience will vary.
Relaxed atmosphere, most of the technical portion was formatted as a casual discussion.
I had competing offers that were soon to expire, so they kindly accelerated my process. Took ~2 weeks to get an offer.
Veteran Hiring Commitment
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Tech Hiring Commitment
Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers
Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce
First Job Programs
Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts
Social Responsibility Pledge
Formal programs or foundation to give back to communities
Pledge to Thrive
Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being