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Associate Cyber Security Engineer Developer-2014040 

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

What We Do:

The CERT Cyber Workforce Development (CWD) team aims to lower the cost and time required to build cybersecurity expertise and to amplify that expertise to a globally distributed workforce. To achieve this, we develop and integrate innovative tools and processes to train, exercise, and assess cybersecurity professionals and teams. In doing so, CWD pioneers research and development efforts designed to counter cybersecurity threats to our nation.

CWD develops solutions for improving an organization’s cyber workforce development program. CWD partners with sponsors to identify and resolve gaps that hinder a workforce’s ability to counter rapidly evolving adversary tactics in cyberspace. We achieve this by guiding organizations through improvement of their cyber workforce’s knowledge, skills, and abilities.

CWD’s core strength is our supportive and highly collaborative culture. Our team recognizes the importance of our mission: to ensure that our nation’s cybersecurity workforce is the best in the world. We are looking for people of character who share our passion, love technology and teamwork, and who have a desire to teach, learn from, and collaborate with others. We provide numerous internal and external training and professional development opportunities for members of our team. We also learn from each other through cross-training and mentoring.

Position Summary:

As a member of CWD, you will work with other team members to develop and deliver cybersecurity training capabilities and programs -- primarily for US military/government sponsors.


  • BS in Computer Science, Information Science, or related discipline with three (3) years applicable working experience; MS in the same fields with one (1) year of experience or equivalent combination of training or experience
  • Willingness to travel to various locations in support of the SEI’s overall mission. This includes within the SEI and CMU community, sponsor sites, conferences, and offsite meetings on occasion. Moderate travel (15%)
  • You will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance


  • Interact directly with sponsors, gathering requirements and objectives, producing and facilitating creative and engaging scenario exercises, and building physical and virtualized network systems to support training programs
  • Define, create, and maintain solutions in support of DoD’s cyberspace responsibilities
  • Work regularly with a wide range of software and hardware technologies
  • Develop and instruct cybersecurity training content to sponsors
  • Develop and facilitate team-based cybersecurity exercises to sponsors
  • Develop software and hardware proofs of concept and prototypes

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Server and desktop platforms (e.g. Windows, Linux)
  • Scripting (e.g. PowerShell, Bash, etc.)
  • Configuration management and deployment automation (e.g. Ansible, Puppet, Chef, Packer, etc.)
  • Virtualization and cloud technologies (e.g. VMWare ESX server, Linux KVM/QEMU, Xen, OpenNebulla, Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, etc.)
  • Network administration (e.g. routers, switches, firewalls, proxies, etc.)
  • Network system design and troubleshooting
  • Technical problem-solving, analytical and information organization
  • Penetration testing (Kali, Metasploit, Powershell Empire, etc.)
  • Programming (e.g. C, C++, C#, Python, Java, etc.)
  • Frameworks (e.g. Angular.js, Node.js, Django, RESTful API, .NET, etc.)
  • Version Control Systems (e.g. Git, Bitbucket, etc.)
  • Commercial and open source security tools (e.g. McAfee ePO/HIPS, ArcSight, Splunk, Security Onion, ELK stack, etc.)
  • Data science (R query design, Elastic Stack, Bro, Hadoop, etc)
  • Learning analytics (curriculum design, knowledge and performance assessment, feedback, remediation, etc.)
  • Excellent oral and written communications
  • Multitasking and working effectively with multiple project teams and sponsors

Desired Experience:

  • US military service in positions involving information technology, cybersecurity, and management of large-scale government networks
  • Team leadership positions within cybersecurity and/or IT-focused organizations
  • Demonstrated software engineering and development experience (e.g. SCRUM)
  • Demonstrated practical experience with commercial and open-source cyber security tools
  • Teaching experience

Job Function Breakdown:

20% - Build effective relationships with existing and potential sponsors.

20% - Mentor, guide and interact with team and other staff.

20% - Develop software solutions to training challenges.

20% - Contribute to transition planning and strategy.

10% - Design and develop technical documents and instructional materials.

10% - Research, evaluate, develop, install/configure hardware and software cyber security solutions.


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

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