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Associate Security Engineer - 2004653 

EOE StatementCarnegie Mellon University - Software Engineering Institute considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

What We Do: The CERT Program is part of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. CERT engages in state of the art research and development in computer security to raise the bar across the Nation and globally.

Position Summary: As part of the Security Automation Team, you will contribute to the successful operation of a test and integration lab used for prototyping and evaluating various technologies and security defense methods. We are looking for a security professional who will analyze data sets to identify potential incidents, profile network traffic, and assess the latest tools/methods as well as support the daily operations of the environment. The goal of the lab is to promote collaboration and sharing of information across the program groups within SEI and the various customer support teams.


•BS with three (3) years or MS with one (1) year of applicable experience. Your concentration of study should be in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, or a related quantitative field of study.

•Willingness to travel to visit other offices and attend conferences and training. Moderate travel (15%).

•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:

Are you the type of person who likes to take the initiative to get things done and solve complex problems? Are you looking for a job that allows you to make a difference? Apply your skills and dedication to protecting our Nation from cyber security threats and join our team to solve these complex problems.

•You are comfortable investigating new software from vendors or open source projects including its installation and assessment of basic capabilities.

•You are passionate about sharing new information and brainstorming ideas with other team members.

•You have the ability to work meticulously with careful attention to detail; ability to meet deadlines while working on multiple tasks – sometimes under pressure and with shifting priorities; ability to deal collaboratively, diplomatically, and successfully with customers, co-workers and other professional colleagues, managers, and staff;

•You have the ability to grasp the big picture, direction, and goals of an effort; ability to quickly learn new procedures, techniques, approaches, etc.

Desired Experience:

•You have worked in a "security operations" environment gaining an understanding of how to analyze logs and traffic to evaluate potential security events

•You will be accountable for monitoring and administration of systems requiring integration and automation using scripts (Python, Ruby, Perl) and packages like Puppet and Ansible.

•You will interact with our customers and provide demonstrations that highlight the use of various technology solutions to meet program requirements.

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

40% Monitor and analyze available data to assess the state of operations and develop new techniques.

30% Manage hardware and software to include all appropriate system administration tasks and processes; provision for new requirements and growth.

25% Evaluate new solutions on behalf of internal and external users.

5% Contribute to the broader security community.

100% total effort


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Carnegie Mellon University is a welcoming workplace that considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


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