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Career Opportunities

Where Technology Meets Creativity

From space exploration and cybersecurity to air and missile defense, artificial intelligence, and more, our work is at the cutting edge of scientific innovation. We’re always looking for great people to join our team. Whether your expertise involves technology and research or business operations, we have a place for you at APL.

Life at APL

A Culture of Community

Grab lunch from a food truck on the Central Green, work out in one of our fitness centers, join one of our clubs, or work on your own projects in our makerspace, Central Spark. At APL, we know you have passions outside of work, so we foster a culture that brings people together and enriches your experience. That culture, alongside the world-class, innovative work we do, creates a one-of-a-kind career opportunity.

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Experience the career rewards of an independent, not-for-profit research organization.
Join one of our 30 clubs! From our softball league to the drama club, you’re sure to find a group that interests you.
Experience world class technology. We provide the tools you need to create and innovate.
We invest in your success through an industry-leading education assistance program, professional development opportunities, and a culture of support.
APL has spaces to enable your experimentation and creativity. Check out Central Spark, our maker’s space, open 24/7 for you to pursue work or personal projects!
We foster an atmosphere of community. At APL, we thrive on collaboration, open-mindedness, and a steadfast belief in our mission.
At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas.
Enjoy a relaxing lunch from one of the food trucks or sit on the patio at one of our cafes!
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Work at APL

Develop Technologies That Expand the Frontiers of Science

When you join our team, you’ll make the world smarter and safer. With a wide range of innovative projects, we provide a unique opportunity for you to pioneer contributions to research and development, systems engineering and integration, and analysis. Are you ready to make a difference?

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Total Rewards

Comprehensive Benefits and Perks to Grow a Fulfilling Career

Education Assistance

24 credit hours per academic year at no cost to you

Robust Retirement Plan

Up to 10.5% company contribution To your retirement savings

Health Benefits

Comprehensive health plan options for you and your family

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Get Ready to Meet Us

Be sure to read a bit more about our organizational structure, surrounding location, and what to expect throughout your interview process. If you’re passionate about doing work that makes a difference, APL is a great place to grow your career.

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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. Read more about our hiring policies and practices here.

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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