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Assistant Group Supervisor, Analysis and Applications Group
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
Date Posted 08/12/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type FULL TIME
Application Deadline 08/12/2023

Are you motivated by science questions and interested in envisioning, developing and advancing custom analysis tools and capabilities? Are you also looking to work at the boundary layer between management and staff? If so, APL is looking for someone like you to help coordinate and expand the Analysis and Applications Group within the Space Exploration Sector.


We are seeking a team-oriented leader with a strong technical background to help guide the activity of fifty technical staff devoted to solving complex challenges spanning both the Civil and National Security Space domains. We create software solutions for science efforts within the Heliophysics, Planetary, Astrophysics, and Earth Science domains of NASA. We also work with the National Science Foundation as well as DoD sponsors. You will seek, design and lead technical work of your own, but also assist the group supervisor in leadership. Our group focus areas include data analysis, tool development, science operations software, instrument processing pipelines, science mission planning and simulation projects. You will also be expected to help the group expand into cloud-based analysis and open science frameworks. You will help chart the course for mission-relevant artificial intelligence and machine learning approaches that can extend scientist influence onto remote missions and automate science extraction from huge local datasets.


As an Assistant Group Supervisor, you will

  • maintain a primary focus on technical work (80% to 90%)

  • set group direction and strategy in both the science and technology arenas

  • assist with hiring, mentoring, tasking and evaluating of staff

  • shepherd and coordinate cross-cutting initiatives with other groups at APL

  • represent the group in larger settings in the Space Exploration Sector and at APL

  • assist with both NASA, NSF and DoD efforts


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

  • have a Master 's degree in Physics, Engineering, Math, Computer Science or related field
  • have 10+ years of technical experience related to space science analysis or scientific software development
  • have 3+ years leadership experience, at least as an informal coordinator of a technical or academic effort
  • can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.
  • are able to obtain a Top Secret level 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 blended experience in the areas of both software and science analysis, especially in a NASA context
  • have a PhD in Physics, Engineering, Math, Computer Science or related field
  • have experience writing proposals for data science or analysis projects
  • have 15+ years of technical experience
  • have 5+ years of experience with line leadership and staff development
  • are familiar with APL policies and procedures regarding staff and project development

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


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 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.

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