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Cyber Systems Engineer - 2010948 

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

What we do:

CERT is part of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We engage in state of the art research and development, and provide robust programs focused on ensuring that software developers, internet security experts, network and system administrators, and others are able to resist, recognize, and recover from attacks on networked systems.

Position Summary:

Are you interested in working for an organization with an impact? Are you drawn to work that is customer focused? Do you want to help secure the nation and its critical infrastructure from cyber-attack through meaningful technical innovation? If so, come join us! We are looking for a Systems Engineer to join our CERT Systems Team in San Antonio. As a member of our team, you will provide the customer with deep systems engineering and architecture guidance for software-centric cyber-focused systems. You will contribute to multiple customer technical engagements consisting of staff from various SEI directorates and represent CERT and the SEI to the customer and other external parties.


  • BS in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering or related discipline with eight (8) years of related experience, a master’s or doctorate degree with five (5) years of related experience, or significant professional experience commensurate with the same
  • You can travel both locally and remotely to sponsor sites to give presentations and attend meetings (20-40%)
  • You will be subject to a background check and will need to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Provide unbiased technical advice and feedback to various program offices as they progress through the DoD acquisition lifecycle
  • Analyze customer requirements and provide novel solutions
  • Proven ability to identity customer needs and enlist relevant SEI resources to meet them
  • Support coordination of efforts and relationships across programs at the site, as well as provide a forward-looking vision for possible future/follow-on work
  • Communicate clearly to operators, engineers, analysts, and senior leaders
  • Represent your expertise and the whole organization to our sponsors

Desired Experience:

  • Comprehensive experience architecting and engineering complex software-centric systems
  • Experience with the full software development process, including Agile practices, and participated in various aspects of the DoD acquisition lifecycle
  • Willingness to learn new skills and technologies as necessary

Preferred Experience

  • A strong understanding of cyber security related concepts and associated techniques
  • Experience working in or in conjunction with an operational cyber-security organization (e.g. NOC/SOC, incident response, and/or Red/Blue teams)
  • Experience as a software engineer working on software applications in a professional environment
  • Experience with cyber-physical systems engineering
  • Experience with formal systems architecture models, such as SysML, DoDAF, or UAF
  • Experience with systems and software architectures for Big Data, machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Familiarity with automated testing and validation techniques, and the Risk Management Framework (RMF)

Job Function Breakdown:

  • 70% - Engineering research, analysis, and validation activities
  • 20% - Represent the SEI’s overall work to sponsor, assemble requirements, provide status, and coordinate efforts associated with sponsor’s work across the SEI
  • 10% - Engage various communities presenting the work of the SEI and contributing to the broader software engineering and cyber security community
  • TOTAL = 100%

More Information

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


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