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Senior Software Assurance Engineer - 2007077 

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 program of the Software Engineering Institute is looking to fill a leadership position to help improve cybersecurity of the NC3 Weapons System (Nuclear Command, Control and Communication). We expect the position to be highly visible and deeply impactful to assist senior leaders of the Air Force program to increase the cyber resiliency of NC3 throughout the lifecycle spanning from the requirements, development, deployment and sustainment.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline with ten (10) years applicable experience; MS or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline with eight (8) years applicable experience; PhD or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline with five (5) years applicable 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. Will be required to travel on overnight assignments.
  • You will be subject to a background check and will need to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Duties: As the Senior Member of the Cyber Security Foundations directorate, you will be accountable for:

  • Leading multi-functional teams in numerous areas of Cybersecurity and acquisition.
  • Understanding threat environments.
  • Completing vulnerability assessments.
  • Crafting system architecture and recommending requirements to insert into the acquisition lifecycle.
  • Aligning with cybersecurity initiatives and coordinating with the DoD and the AF.
  • Synchronizing with technical staff in CERT and SEI programs to deliver cybersecurity technical expertise to NC3.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: We are looking for qualified individuals that can demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Experience in software engineering, development and/or systems engineering
  • An understanding of DoD acquisition processes and relevant cyber security processes, such as the Risk Management Framework (RMF)
  • Expertise in building, leading, managing and participating on multi-functional, technological teams
  • Engage effectively with all organizations within the software and acquisition communities
  • Interact diplomatically with partners, customers and sponsors and preferred knowledge of nuclear weapons systems is desired

You should retain detailed knowledge of cybersecurity and mission assurance in the acquisition process. Have strong written and verbal communications skills and the ability to present to high visibility partners internal and external to the organization. Also, someone that has shown their project and programmatic management skills and be able to collaborate with clients by developing proposals and establishing relationships with new and existing government clients. You should demonstrate the knowledge to mitigate risks, manage staff planning and handle budgeting needs. You will also need to lead and participate in multidisciplinary teams.

Desired Experience:

  • Master's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, or Acquisition Management.

Job Function Breakdown:

65% NC3 Leader - Participate as a leader or member of technical teams in support of NC3 Weapon System acquisition program office.

20% Business Development - Work with managers, business developers, current customers, and prospective customers to identify and define value-delivering opportunities and capture work.

10% Other Duties- Other duties as assigned by management

5% Advisory for SEI - Serve in an advisory capacity to other SEI technical programs on acquisition or technical issues.


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