1+ months

R&D Cybersecurity Researcher (Experienced)

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.

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:

We are seeking Cybersecurity Researchers to join our team!

Are you passionate about research toward keeping systems safe and thwarting cyber intrusions? If so, you will want to apply for this opportunity to join Sandia's unique multidisciplinary team committed to solving the information security challenges facing our nation.

As a researcher in Sandia's Information Security Sciences group, you will engage in understanding the threats to host, mobile, and cloud platforms; and you will contribute technical ideas and implementation - keeping our nation safe from cyber attacks through innovative research and development.

To support Sandia's national security missions, our cybersecurity researchers engage in a variety of research areas including:

+ Cloud computing

+ Reverse Engineering

+ Network operation, information protection, and resiliency

+ Differential Privacy

+ Authentication and authorization

+ Cryptography

+ Threat intelligence

+ Modeling, simulation, and emulation

+ Real-time operating systems (RTOS) and embedded systems, including Internet of Things (IoT)

+ Virtualization (system and network)

+ Mobile devices and smart technologies

+ Industrial control systems and SCADA systems

+ Research-based experimental design and analysis

+ Risk analysis and metrics

+ Programmatic development across national security partners and government agencies

Qualifications We Require:

+ Bachelor’s degree in a relevant STEM discipline, or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience

+ Five years' engineering or scientific experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform independent research and development

+ Expertise in at least one of the following: Low level Windows and/or Linux internals, Windows and/or Linux binary reverse engineering, Virtual Machine Introspection, Cloud platform development and management (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud), mobile handset and infrastructure internals and protocols

+ Ability to travel to Livermore, California (about 10%)

+ Ability to hold DOE Q and SCI clearances

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Excellent written and oral communication skills

+ Demonstrated proficiency in low-level programming (C/C++, Assembly)

+ Relevant technical certifications (e.g., Azure Security Engineer, AWS Certified Solutions Architect)

+ Expert knowledge of Computer Science algorithms and data structures and their time and space complexities

+ Expert understanding of Operating System fundamentals (memory, process, and thread management)

+ Understanding of network OSI model and common protocols

+ Proficiency in multiple programming languages (C/C++, Java, Python, Go)

+ Familiarity with Agile/Scrum development methodologies

+ Demonstrated leadership in R&D projects

+ Research experience in applying one or more of the following analysis techniques: symbolic execution, virtual machine introspection,

+ Active Q and SCI

About Our Team:

Sandia is a world-class leader in cybersecurity. Today, cybersecurity is a daunting national security problem, and we're applying decades of expertise to the task. The Information Security Sciences group (8760) currently focuses on three major areas of research and development: malware characterization and software understanding (8764); cyber research for emerging technologies (8765), and secure cloud computing (8767). With a history of applying research to solve real world homeland security problems, we develop techniques and technologies for preventing disruption and enhancing recovery in vital high-consequence cyber and critical infrastructure systems. In addition, we are actively engaged in cyber internship programs that prepare students to enter the FFRDC workforce and provide a recruiting pipeline for the Sandia cyber mission area.

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: 681999



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-03-16 Expires: 2022-06-22

 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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