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Independent Research Driven by a Culture of Community

As a university affiliated research center, or UARC, APL is a not-for-profit, independent research organization that provides unique career opportunities. When you join us, you become part of a community of experts that supports cutting-edge national security and scientific solutions for the U.S. government. Your unique perspective as a doctoral-level scientist or engineer is vital to our ability to deliver critical contributions to our sponsors. To learn more about our UARC status, please visit the About section of the APL website.

Innovation Opportunities of a Lifetime

We foster a culture of innovation and lifelong learning that supports the exploration of your academic interests and creative ideas. From pursuing new ideas and concepts to teaching STEM classes and courses, we provide a variety of avenues for you to collaborate with subject-matter experts, develop your work, and solve critical challenges for our nation. Some of our collaboration and research opportunities include:

  • Independent Research and Development Program (IRAD)
  • Johns Hopkins Sabbatical Fellow and Professorship Program
  • Teaching opportunities with the JHU Whiting School of Engineering
Portrait of Morgana
I am continually surprised by the breadth of expertise that can be found around the Lab. It seems that no matter what expertise is needed when writing a proposal or building a project team, it can almost always be found somewhere.”
—Morgana
Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering

Recruiting Events


SEPT 2, 2020

Virtual

SEPT 4–6, 2020

Virtual

SEPT 8, 2020

Virtual

SEPT 9, 2020

Virtual

SEPT 10, 2020

Virtual

SEPT 10, 2020

Virtual

SEPT 11 & 12, 2020

Virtual

SEPT 13, 2020

Virtual

Event

University of Michigan Grad Career Fair Reception

SEPT 14, 2020

Virtual

SEPT 14, 2020

Virtual

SEPT 15, 2020

Virtual

SEPT 15, 2020

Virtual

SEPT 15, 2020

Virtual

SEPT 16, 2020

Virtual

SEPT 16, 2020

Virtual

SEPT 17, 2020

Virtual

SEPT 18, 2020

Virtual

SEPT 21, 2020

Virtual

SEPT 21, 2020

Virtual

SEPT 24, 2020

Virtual

SEPT 25, 2020

Virtual

OCT 1, 2020

Virtual

OCT 1, 2020

Virtual

OCT 2, 2020

Virtual

OCT 2, 2020

Virtual

OCT 5, 2020

Virtual

OCT 7, 2020

Virtual

OCT 8, 2020

Virtual

Event

Rochester Institute of Technology National Labs Career Week Information Session

OCT 14, 2020

Virtual

OCT 14–19, 2020

Virtual

OCT 15, 2020

Virtual

OCT 29, 2020

Virtual

OCT 30, 2020

Virtual

NOV 3, 2020

Virtual

Event

JHU RISE Information Session

NOV 4, 2020

Virtual

NOV 12–15, 2020

Virtual

JAN 28, 2021

Virtual

JAN 28, 2021

Virtual

FEB 4, 2021

Virtual

FEB 11, 2021

Virtual

FEB 11, 2021

Virtual

FEB 15, 2021

Virtual

FEB 18, 2021

Virtual

MAR 2, 2021

Virtual

MAR 3 & 4, 2021

Virtual

MAR 5, 2021

Virtual

MAR 15–16, 2021

Virtual

MAR 19, 2021

Virtual

MAR 29, 2021

Virtual

MAR 31, 2021

Virtual

APR 5–9, 2021

Virtual

APR 7, 2021

Virtual

AUG 24, 2021

Virtual

AUG 26, 2021

Virtual

SEPT 1, 2021

Virtual

SEPT 9–11, 2021

Houston, TX

SEPT 10, 2021

Virtual

SEPT 10, 2021

Virtual

SEPT 13, 2021

Virtual

SEPT 13, 2021

Blacksburg, VA

SEPT 14, 2021

Virtual

SEPT 14, 2021

West Lafayette, IN

SEPT 14, 2021

Blacksburg, VA

SEPT 15, 2021

Virtual

SEPT 15, 2021

Virtual

SEPT 15, 2021

Virtual

SEPT 17, 2021

Virtual

SEPT 17, 2021

Virtual

SEPT 21, 2021

Virtual

SEPT 22, 2021

College Station, TX

SEPT 22, 2021

Virtual

SEPT 23, 2021

Virtual

SEPT 28, 2021

Virtual

SEPT 28, 2021

Virtual

SEPT 30, 2021

Virtual

SEPT 30, 2021

Virtual

SEPT 30, 2021

Virtual

SEPT 30 & OCT 1, 2021

Virtual

OCT 1, 2021

Virtual

OCT 5, 2021

Dover, DE

Event

Delaware State Career Fair

OCT 5, 2021

Virtual

OCT 5, 2021

Virtual

OCT 6, 2021

Virtual

OCT 6, 2021

Virtual

OCT 7, 2021

Virtual

OCT 9, 2021

Virtual

OCT 12, 2021

Virtual

Event

University of California, Davis, Grad & Post Doc Internship & Career Fair

OCT 14, 2021

Virtual

OCT 21, 2021

Virtual

Event

Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) Virtual Conference

OCT 21–23, 2021

Indianapolis, IN

OCT 26, 2021

Columbus, OH

OCT 27, 2021

Virtual

Event

APL Discovery Program Virtual Information Session

OCT 29, 2021

Virtual

NOV 5 & 6, 2021

Virtual

Event

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Career Fair at Michigan State University

JAN 4–7, 2022

Boulder, CO

JAN 11 and 12, 2022

Virtual

JAN 12, 2022

Virtual

JAN 18, 2022

Virtual

JAN 19, 2022

Virtual

JAN 21–23, 2022

Virtual

JAN 25, 2022

South Bend, IN

FEB 1, 2022

Virtual

FEB 10, 2022

Virtual

FEB 16, 2022

Hanover, NH

FEB 17, 2022

Virtual

FEB 17–19, 2022

Virtual

FEB 22, 2022

Virtual

FEB 22, 2022

Virtual

FEB 25, 2022

Virtual

MAR 15, 2022

Dover, DE

MAR 25, 2022

Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

MAR 31, 2022

Cambridge, MA

APR 8 and 9, 2022

Buffalo, NY

SEP 7, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of Texas at Austin
Engineering Expo

SEP 8, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of Virginia
Engineering Career Fair

SEP 8, 2022

On-Site

Event

Texas A&M University
Engineering Fair

SEP 9, 2022

Virtual

Event

Texas A&M University
Engineering Fair

SEP 12, 2022

On-Site

Event

Virginia Tech
Computer Science Career Fair

SEP 12, 2022

Virtual

Event

Carnegie Mellon University
Fall Career Fair

SEP 13, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of Notre Dame
Fall Career Fair

SEP 13, 2022

On-Site

Event

Purdue University
Fall Career Fair

SEP 13, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of Michigan
Society of Women Engineers/Tau Beta Pi Fall Engineering Fair

SEP 14, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of Illinois
Engineering Fall Fair

SEP 14, 2022

Virtual

Event

Cornell University
STEM Fall Fair

SEP 14 and 15, 2022

On-Site

Event

Virginia Tech
Engineering Expo

SEP 15, 2022

Virtual

Event

North Carolina A&T State University
Fall Career Fair

SEP 15, 2022

On-Site

Event

Penn State University
Fall Career Fair

SEP 15, 2022

Virtual

Event

Lehigh University
Fall Career Fair

SEP 15, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of Delaware
Fall Career Fair

SEP 15, 2022

On-Site

Event

West Virginia University
STEM Career Fair

SEP 15, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of Maryland, College Park
Computer Science Career Fair

SEP 16, 2022

On-Site

Event

Atlanta University Center Consortium Career Fair (Morehouse/Spelman/Clark Atlanta)

SEP 16, 2022

Virtual

Event

University of Minnesota
STEM Fest Career Fair

SEP 16, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of Pennsylvania
Fall Career Fair

SEP 19, 2022

Virtual

Event

University of Illinois
Engineering Fall Fair

SEP 19 and 20, 2022

Virtual

Event

Johns Hopkins University
Engineering Fall Fair

SEP 20, 2022

On-Site

Event

Carnegie Mellon University
Fall Career Fair

SEP 20, 2022

On-Site

Event

Florida State University
STEM Career Fair

SEP 20, 2022

On-Site

Event

Florida International University
Tech Majors Fair

SEP 20, 2022

On-Site

Event

New Mexico Tech
Fall Career Fair

SEP 20, 2022

On-Site

Event

North Carolina State University
Engineering Career Fair

SEP 20, 2022

Virtual

Event

Michigan State University
Mechanical Engineering Fall Fair

SEP 20, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
STEM Career Fair

SEP 21, 2022

On-Site

Event

Texas A&M University
Research Labs Day – PhDs

SEP 21, 2022

On-Site

Event

New Mexico State University
Career Expo

SEP 21, 2022

On-Site

Event

Ohio State University
Engineering Career Fair

SEP 21, 2022

On-Site

Event

Brigham Young University
STEM Career Fair

SEP 21, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of Maryland Baltimore County

SEP 22, 2022

Virtual

Event

Hampton University
Fall Career Fair

SEP 22, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of Texas at El Paso
Career Expo

SEP 22, 2022

Virtual

Event

Howard University
Virtual Fair (All Majors)

SEP 22, 2022

Virtual

Event

Florida A&M University
All Majors Career and Internship Fair

SEP 23, 2022

On-Site

Event

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Fall Career Fair

SEP 23, 2022

Virtual

Event

University of Maryland, College Park
Fall Career Fair

SEP 23, 2022

Virtual

Event

University of Michigan
Fall Engineering Fair

SEP 26, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of Tennessee
Engineering STEM Fair

SEP 27 and 28, 2022

Virtual

Event

University of Michigan
Electrical and Computer Engineering Career Fair

SEP 28, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of Florida
Technical Fall Fair

SEP 28, 2022

Virtual

Event

Duke University
TechConnect

SEP 28, 2022

On-Site

Event

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
Fall Career Fair

SEP 28, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of Maryland, College Park
Fall Career Fair

SEP 28, 2022

On-Site

Event

George Mason University
Fall Career Fair

SEP 29, 2022

Virtual

Event

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Fall Career Fair

SEP 29, 2022

On-Site

Event

Dartmouth College
Engineering Career Fair

SEP 29, 2022

Virtual

Event

Michigan State University
Computer Data Science Fall Fair

SEP 29, 2022

Virtual

Event

University of Central Florida
Fall 2022 Virtual Career Expo

SEP 29, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
Information Session

SEP 30, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
Career Fair

SEP 30, 2022

On-Site

Event

Harvard University
STEM Fair

OCT 1, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
Interview Fair

OCT 4, 2022

Virtual

Event

Michigan State University
Applied Engineering Sciences Fall Fair

OCT 5, 2022

Virtual

Event

University of California, Irvine
Virtual Fall Career Fair 2022

OCT 5, 2022

On-Site

Event

Loyola University Maryland
STEM Career Fair

OCT 5, 2022

Virtual

Event

University of California, Riverside
STEM Career Fair

OCT 5, 2022

Virtual

Event

University of California, Berkeley
STEM Career Fair

OCT 6, 2022

On-Site

Event

Alabama A&M University
Fall Career Fair

OCT 6, 2022

Virtual

Event

Michigan State University
Chemistry & Biology Fall Fair

OCT 6, 2022

Virtual

Event

University of California, San Diego
STEM Fair

OCT 6, 2022

Virtual

Event

California Institute of Technology
STEM Fair

OCT 7, 2022

On-Site

Event

Columbia University
Tech Career Fair

OCT 7, 2022

On-Site

Event

Alabama A&M University
Interview Fair

OCT 7, 2022

Virtual

Event

George Washington University
GW STEM + Health Career Connection Fair

OCT 11, 2022

On-Site

Event

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Fall Career Expo

OCT 11, 2022

Virtual

Event

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Computer and Data Science Fair

OCT 12, 2022

Virtual

Event

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Engineering & Tech Fair

OCT 12, 2022

Virtual

Event

University of California, Berkeley
Master's & PhD Career Fair

OCT 12, 2022

Virtual

Event

California State University, Long Beach
2022 Virtual Fall Job & Internship Fair

OCT 12, 2022

Virtual

Event

Drexel University
STEM Career Fair

OCT 13, 2022

Virtual

Event

University of Washington
STEM Fair

OCT 13, 2022

On-Site

Event

Morgan State University
Fall Career Fair

OCT 14, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of Maryland, College Park
Electrical and Computer Engineering Fall Career Fair

OCT 20, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of Maryland Baltimore County
Diversity Recruitment Event

OCT 25, 2022

On-Site

Event

Ohio State University
Postdoc & PhD Industry Recruitment Event

OCT 26, 2022

Virtual

Event

Norfolk State University
Fall Career Expo

OCT 26, 2022

Virtual

Event

Ohio State University
Postdoc & PhD Industry Recruitment Event

NOV 2, 2022

On-Site

Event

University of Maryland Baltimore County
UMBC Connects Day

NOV 3, 2022

Virtual

Event

North Carolina (Multiple Participating Schools)
Master's & Doctoral Virtual Career Fair

NOV 4, 2022

Virtual

Event

Carnegie Mellon University
Engineering Virtual Career Fair

NOV 4, 2022

Virtual

Event

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Fall Engineering Fair


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