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R&D Cybersecurity - Operational Technology (Early/Mid-Career)

Albuquerque, NM 87102

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate:

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Have you ever thought IT cybersecurity seemed too easy? Then maybe you’re ready to conduct applied research in Operational Technology (OT) cybersecurity! Today, the world is made up of programmable devices that interact with the physical world and experts in OT cybersecurity are needed to keep the nation - and world - safe. It will be your job to research and understand the vulnerabilities of these devices and develop creative, effective solutions that stymie our most sophisticated adversaries. (That’s right, we just used the word “stymie.”)

We’re looking for a true patriot that wants to begin a career in national security. If you want to use your cybersecurity expertise to serve the nation and solve our most difficult cybersecurity challenges, join our team. ‘Merica!

On any given day, you may be called on to:

You will work on a multi-disciplinary research, development, and production team to address some of the nation’s most difficult challenges in the areas of computer network defense, reverse engineering, vulnerability hunting, data analytics, cyber architectures, secure cloud computing, and cyber engineering with modeling and simulations.

You will make an impact by addressing existing and emerging threats among a diverse customer set in a fast-paced and dynamic environment where communication and collaboration are key elements of success. In our Computer Systems Security Analysis R&D department, you will partner with other organizations to serve Sandia’s mission by providing high quality computer security research and development in support of mission activities.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

+ Perform vulnerability assessments

+ Develop and implement defensive measures for critical systems and network centric systems

+ Evaluate new, groundbreaking information assurance technologies

+ Research, develop, implement, and handle technology solutions to improve our partners’ systems

+ Support the development of innovative cyber systems

+ Propose new research internally and externally

+ Present and demonstrate your work to customers

+ Integrate technologies into partner environments

The selected applicant can be a virtual worker located in any U.S. State or District of Columbia. Regular or periodic travel to your assigned work location may be required.

Qualifications We Require:

+ Bachelor's degree in Cybersecurity, Cyber Information Assurance, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or other relevant STEM field

+ Cybersecurity related coursework or experience

+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Master's degree or PhD in relevant STEM field

+ Evidence of high academic achievement

+ Experience in one or more of the following:

+ Platform security, hardware design and embedded systems security, and OT

+ Reverse engineering, software vulnerability assessment, web application assessment, computer networking, computer architecture, compilers, or similar computer security topics

+ Multiple programming languages, including low level languages

+ Operating system development, hypervisor development, device driver development, firmware development, operating system internals, and/or similar system software experience; Understanding of current and proposed advanced CPU features; Static software analysis tools; Dynamic software analysis or debugging tools

+ Instructing technical material, writing research proposals, research papers and presenting results of research

+ Active DOE Q clearance or equivalent

+ Active SCI security clearance or ability to obtain

About Our Team:

The Computer Systems Security Analysis R&D department carries out work to support various missions across Sandia and the federal government. The department focuses on computer system security surety and assessment of new technologies relating to information technology including software systems, computing systems, networks, and architectures of such systems. Topical areas include information assurance, digital forensics, cryptography, cognitive systems, control systems analysis, vulnerability analysis, reverse engineering, secure architecture design, network analysis and operational technology and industrial control systems. Some members of the team spend most days on-site doing exciting classified work, some telecommute and come on-site once or twice a week, and others work virtually/remotely from other states with occasional travel back to the mothership in New Mexico.

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: 682894



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-05-04 Expires: 2022-06-03

 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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