1+ months

Information Security Data Scientist

Livermore, CA 94550

Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

Salary Range:

$113,500 - $223,500

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking an Information Security Data Scientist (R&D Mathematics Statistician) for our Information Security Science group to perform statistical analysis and methodology development. The successful applicant will join a multidisciplinary learning algorithms team committed to solving the information security challenges facing our nation in a wide range of activities that span mission domains from cybersecurity to nuclear deterrence and nonproliferation. Activities will include ideation, applied research and development of prototypical learning algorithms, instructing, and publishing.

To support Sandia's national security missions, our information security scientists and engineers engage in several research areas including:

+ + Counter-Adversarial analysis; Adversarial aware analytics

+ Game Theoretic formulation of decision-making problems and UQ of them; Learning within constrained resources (including sparse data)

+ Data curation, data set collection/generation and experiment design, data privacy

+ Cognitive and human-computer interface; interpretability, information integrity; trusted AI

+ Graphs & Networks, Relational data analysis, patterns, feature identification

+ Programmatic development across national security partners and government agencies

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

+ PhD in Applied Math or Statistics, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Cybersecurity, plus bachelor’s degree in a relevant STEM field, or Equivalent scientific or engineering experience in lieu of degrees that demonstrates knowledge, skills, and ability to perform independent research and development

+ A minimum of two years relevant research experience (e.g., as a graduate research assistant) or one year of professional engineering or scientific experience

+ Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas: machine learning, optimization, uncertainty quantification, feature identification techniques, graphs and network science, scalable file analysis

+ Record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at scientific conferences

+ Experience leading projects

+ Software development experience and fluency in two of the following: Python, Java, C and C+

+ + Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE-Q

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Creativity and innovative problem-solving skills

+ Interest to work in collaborative, interdisciplinary research environments on problems comprising diverse application domains

+ A background in solving practical problems that involve encounters with real-world data

+ Proven cybersecurity and information security domain experience, such as in secure learning algorithms methods advancement.

+ Experience working in software development teams

+ Proven research community leadership through activities such as participation in student or professional organizations, outreach activities, etc.

+ Related professional experience such as internships in industry or at other national labs, participation in visiting research programs, etc.

+ Familiarity with secure-system design principles and software assurance principles

+ Well-developed leadership skills with the proven ability to prioritize and execute in a disciplined and focused manner

+ Strong oral and written communication skills, ability to explain complex ideas clearly and concisely as well as how experience has shaped your skillset

About Our Team:

Through a deep theoretical and algorithmic understanding, the 8732 organization advances security, trust, quality, and resilience of analytics use at scale, and brings rigor to ill-defined problem spaces, uncovering insights from data for decision makers in the USG. Addressing long-term mission gaps with enduring research, and near-term needs with rapid prototypes and forward deployment of analytics, this interdisciplinary team uses data for good to improve sophisticated intervention strategies in national security domains such as cyber network defense, software analysis, information integrity, as well as nuclear deterrence & nonproliferation.

A diverse set of capabilities and perspectives enriches our research and expands the scope and scale of projects addressed through fostering expertise in computer science, statistics, information theory, relational data analysis & causal relationships for similarity and feature extraction, and Counter-Adversarial Analysis. We deliver vertically integrated solutions through collaborative projects with other organizations at Sandia, the US government, and with academic communities.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

+ Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide

+ Extraordinary co-workers

+ Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world

+ Career advancement and enrichment opportunities

+ Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

+ Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Job ID: 684882



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-08-05 Expires: 2022-10-26

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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