Unified Communications Network Engineer

Website John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Critical Contributions to Critical Challenges

Do you enjoy applying next generation voice and video technologies to challenging security problems and ensuring our nation’s defense?

Are you passionate about developing and mentoring technical teams?

If so, we’re looking for someone like you to join our team at APL!

We are seeking an innovative network engineer to help us develop communications systems used to deliver key communications and teaming capabilities to our nation’s decision makers. You will become part of a dynamic team comprised of seasoned engineers and skilled analysts, collaborating to design and deploy new real-time conferencing and collaboration technologies across the government and Department of Defense to have meaningful impact. Our team is dedicated to encouraging exceptional engineering expertise while fostering a supportive culture that values diversity, innovation, and collaboration.

As a Unified Communications Engineer, you will…

  • Design and implement conferencing and collaboration solutions using existing commercial and standards-based technologies to connect decision makers.
  • Continue to grow your knowledge and stay up-to-date on emerging technologies and propose innovative approaches to address unique sponsor challenges.
  • Interact with technical specialists in other fields as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Provide mentorship to support early career staff growth and development.
  • Detail work in technical reports and memoranda and present outcomes to sponsors and the technical community.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you…

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree in information science and technology, computer science, computer engineering or another related technical field.
  • Have at least ten years of relevant experience in developing and deploying Unified Communications solutions.
  • Have demonstrated skill in designing, deploying, and configuring session border controllers, as well as managing voice and video gateways, with a demonstrated proficiency in the integration and peering of IP and TDM-based systems.
  • Are familiar with industry standards like Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP), Media Gateway Control Protocol (MGCP), Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP).
  • Have demonstrated competence in network design, considering cybersecurity measures, and possessing a strong foundation in communication systems protocols throughout the network stack.
  • Have strong interpersonal skills including the ability to document design decisions in written formats and present to both expert and non-expert audiences.
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Top Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a TS/SCI level 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 a Master’s degree (or higher) in information science and technology, computer science, computer engineering or another related technical field.
  • Have at least fifteen years of experience in developing and deploying Unified Communications solutions.
  • Have vendor or industry certifications in the operation and management of varied vendor communications technologies.
  • Are experienced in the architecture, design, and implementation of unified communications and online collaboration technologies for commercial and/or government applications.
  • Have proficiency in the performance of media codecs, video and teleconferencing technologies, as well as conference management and collaboration software.
  • Have proficiency in the development of system/system-of-system architectures, protocol and algorithm development, rapid prototyping and system integration.
  • Have recent knowledge of DoD and/or intelligence community, sponsors, and programs.
  • Hold an active TS/SCI clearance or an active Top Secret security clearance with a SSBI and have recently been adjudicated for SCI access.

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.

To apply for this job please visit careers.jhuapl.edu.