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Associate Cyber Security Penetration Tester - 2008994 

EOE StatementCarnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

What We Do:

The SEI helps advance software engineering principles and practices and serves as a national resource in software engineering, computer security, and process improvement. The SEI works closely with defense and government organizations, industry, and academia to continually improve software-intensive systems. Our core purpose is to help organizations improve software engineering capabilities and develop or acquire the right software, defect free, within budget and on time, every time.

Position Summary:

The CERT Division is part of the SEI, a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The CERT Division engages in cutting-edge research and development and develops and transitions disciplined approaches to improve the survivability and resiliency of the DoD, federal civilian agencies, private sector organizations and their networked information systems.

The individual in this position will work as a member of the Cybersecurity Assurance (CA) Team within the CERT Division. The CA team develops solutions (in the form of frameworks, models, tools, policies, practices, technical guidance, and training) that allow organizations to assess, analyze, and manage organizational, operational, and technical risks to mission-critical assets, processes, systems, and infrastructures.


  • BS in Computer Science (or other technical field) with three (3) years’ experience, or MS in same field with one (1) years' experience, or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Willingness to travel to various locations to support the SEI’s overall mission. This includes within the SEI and CMU community, sponsor sites, conferences, and offsite meetings on occasion. Moderate travel: Up to 25% to various customer locations.
  • You will be subject to a background check and will need to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.


The individual will participate in the planning and execution of projects leading to technical results. The individual will also contribute to project, department, or program objectives and planning document development. The individual will keep in confidence sensitive information such as customer processes, risks, vulnerabilities, and internal work products, whether for eventual public or private distribution.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Understanding of information technology, security assessment methods, and telecommunications systems
  • Working knowledge of network interoperability, cyber security, and survivability issues, including cyber security best practices and standards
  • Working knowledge of DHS critical infrastructure sectors and related security and resilience issues
  • Working knowledge of the DoD and federal agency resilience needs and cyber security roadmaps
  • Reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision

Desired Experience:

Experience and familiarity with:

  • cybersecurity concepts and technical implementations
  • cybersecurity standards, policies, and frameworks
  • strategic planning
  • metrics and measurements methodologies

Job Function Breakdown:

70% Participate as a team member in customer engagement to develop, analyze, and implement cybersecurity policy.

15% Participate in research into innovative and cutting-edge tools, techniques, and methods to improve cyber security, policy/governance, and resilience; transition research into applied knowledge for customers.

5% Support conferences, workshops, and meetings as a team contributor.

10% Engage in professional development activities.

TOTAL = 100%

More Information

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Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.


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