Cyber Security Software Engineer - GTRI - CIPHER - Open Rank

Submit Resume ID: 499530
Type: Researchers
Location: Atlanta, GA
Categories: System Architecture, Software Development/Design

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The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is the nonprofit, applied research division of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Founded in 1934 as the Engineering Experiment Station, GTRI has grown to more than 2,900 employees, supporting eight laboratories in over 20 locations around the country and performing more than $940 million of problem-solving research annually for government and industry. GTRI's renowned researchers combine science, engineering, economics, policy, and technical expertise to solve complex problems for the U.S. federal government, state, and industry.   

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Project/Unit Description

The Secure Information Systems (SIS) Division of the CIPHER Laboratory is seeking an individual to serve as a Systems Architect. This position will be responsible for system networking, architecture design, system administration, and application virtualization in a security sensitive environment.

Job Purpose

The Cyber Security Software Engineer designs, develops, and tests cybersecurity software in languages such as Java, C, and C++. The Cyber Security Software Engineer requires extensive knowledge of programming languages, software development, and computer operating systems in order to apply engineering principles to software creation. The necessary skill areas for the Cyber Security Software Engineer include programming and coding, fundamentals of computer science, design and architecture, algorithms and data structures, information analysis, debugging software, and testing software. The Cyber Security Software Engineer also creates novel cyber security technology components and software to ensure that critical systems and information are resilient to cyber exploits and attacks. The researcher also performs attendant vulnerability assessments, analysis, and software engineering and design. The Cyber Security Software Engineer also develops hardware and software prototypes, and tests those prototypes in realistic environments.

Key Responsibilities

  • Apply expertise in computing systems, and software structure to software planning, requirements, and development. Base software structure and design on the recognized limitations of hardware platform.
  • Develop and maintain kernel and user-level software and scripts
  • Create and analyze network protocols

Additional Responsibilities

  • Installing and maintaining Linux environments
  • Configuration management
  • Designing and building secure infrastructure
  • Solving networking issues
  • Researching and prototyping new technologies
  • Building custom RPMs
  • Virtual Machine management

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret DoD Security clearance
  • Willingness to obtain a CISSP certification
  • Technical diagnostic expertise including problem investigation, reproduction, and resolution skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • RHEL Experience
  • Enterprise grade application development e.g. Java EE
  • API Design and Development

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active TS/SCI Clearance
  • Designs and develops new systems, applications, and solutions for external customer's enterprise-wide cyber systems and networks.
  • Ensures system security needs established and maintained for operations development, security requirements definition, security risk assessment, systems analysis, systems design, security test and evaluation, certification and accreditation, systems hardening, vulnerability testing and scanning, incident response, disaster recovery, and business continuity planning and provides analytical support for security policy development and analysis.
  • Integrates new architectural features into existing infrastructures, designs cyber security architectural artifacts, provides architectural analysis of cyber security features and relates existing system to future needs and trends, embeds advanced forensic tools and techniques for attack reconstruction, provides engineering recommendations, and resolves integration and testing issues.
  • Possess broad knowledge of security field with increasing expertise in a specialized area (e.g., identity and access management, healthcare security, cloud computing security, software security, etc.).
  • May interface with external entities including law enforcement, intelligence and other government organizations and agencies.

Travel Requirements

<10% travel

Education and Length of Experience

This position vacancy is an open-rank announcement. The final job offer will be dependent on candidate qualifications in alignment with Research Faculty Extension Professional ranks as outlined in section 3.2.1 of the Georgia Tech Faculty Handbook

  • 5 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineer, Network Architect, Computer Engineer
  • 3 years of related experience with a Masters’ degree in Computer Science, Software Engineer, Network Architect, Computer Engineer
  • 0 years of related experience with a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Software Engineer, Network Architect, Computer Engineer

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the U.S. federal government, candidates for this position must be U.S. Citizens.

Clearance Type Required

Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.

Benefits at GTRI

Comprehensive information on currently offered GTRI benefits, including Health & Welfare, Retirement Plans, Tuition Reimbursement, Time Off, and Professional Development, can be found through this link:

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