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Cybersecurity Researcher (VA) 

Category Engineering  

STR performs advanced research and development using machine learning, program analysis, optimization, artificial intelligence (AI), and formal methods for the cybersecurity and resiliency of cyber-physical systems. Addressing the most urgent national security challenges, STR is developing fundamentally new capabilities in cyber-physical systems modeling, vulnerability analysis, and attack detection and remediation.

We seek software developers and researchers who are passionate about technology and security, from the bare metal to the cloud, and everywhere in between. We are growing rapidly and hiring at all levels and across disciplines for new and exciting projects. STR is committed to creating a collaborative learning environment that supports deep technical understanding and recognizes the contributions and achievements of all team members. We strive for excellence in technical work that addresses the most important problems in national security.

We believe that each employee has a unique set of skills, experiences, and perspectives that are essential to providing our customers with innovative solutions. The skills listed below are intended to give you a sense for the position. If you see an overlap with your skills, go ahead and apply! All applicants must be US citizens who are willing and able to obtain a security clearance.

The Role:

  • Work in small research teams to develop innovative software prototypes
  • Apply a diverse set of advanced technologies, e.g., program analysis (static, dynamic, symbolic), formal methods, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, to solve the most difficult cybersecurity challenges
  • Span the stack or find a niche: from developing tools for the automatic instrumentation and modification of program binaries, to automation and planning technologies to coordinate large-scale cyber operations, STR cyber programs cover a broad territory
Position Requirements

Who You Are:

  • A recent graduate with a BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Cybersecurity or related field, perhaps with a few years of experience, or

  • A mid- to senior- level researcher, perhaps with a Masters or PhD in one of the above disciplines

  • Proficiency in programming languages (e.g., C/C++, Java, Python, X86 Assembly, MATLAB)

  • Experience performing static/dynamic/symbolic program analysis

  • Motivated collaborator and effective communicator to both technical and non-technical audiences

Some Other Relevant Skills You May Have:

  • Compiler intermediate representations (e.g. LLVM) and virtualization

  • Understanding of operating system internals, such as memory/process/thread management

  • Experience with software and hardware emulation tools such as QEMU

  • Virtualization software, virtual hardware device development, VHDL/Verilog simulation

  • Linux development with kernel development and/or driver development

  • Reverse engineering of software using tools such as IDA, Binary Ninja, or Ghidra

  • AI, machine learning or autonomy in the context of network operations and security

  • Mathematical analysis and optimization

  • Signal processing expertise

STR seeks to provide an outstanding work environment for its employees with excellent benefits and competitive compensation.Full-time employees enjoy 401(k), profit sharing, health and welfare benefits, subsidies for training and conference attendance to foster continued learning and development, and a casual yet technically challenging work environment.

At STR, we are dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive community to create an environment that is innovative, collaborative and empowering. STR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, military veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applicants must be US Citizens

About the Organization Systems & Technology Research (STR) is a rapidly growing technology company with locations north of Boston, MA, Arlington, VA and near Dayton, OH. We specialize in advanced research and development for defense, intelligence, and national security, trying to understand how to protect our society: from stopping malicious botnet attacks, to understanding cyber vulnerabilities, providing next generation sensors, radar, sonar, communications, and electronic warfare to developing artificial intelligence algorithms and analytics to make sense of the complexity that is exploding around us.

STR is committed to creating a collaborative learning environment that supports deep technical understanding and recognizes the contributions and achievements of all team members. Our work is challenging, but you go home at night knowing that you pushed the forefront of technology and made the world a little safer. We recognize that the world is changing, that it is becoming more connected than ever before, making things change faster than before, and reshaping society in the process. We all want to understand this changing world and leave it better for our work.

We're not just any company. Our people, culture, and attitude along with their unique set of skills, experiences, and perspectives put us on a trajectory to change the world. We can't do it alone, though - we need fellow trailblazers. If you are one, join our team and help to keep our society safe!

EOE Statement STR is fully dedicated to hiring the most qualified candidate regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any portion of the employment process, email us at and provide your name, phone number and email address.

US Citizenship is required for all positions.

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