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Software Security Engineer - 2007359 

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

What We Do:

The Software Engineering Institute 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.

The Secure Coding Team, of the world renowned CERT division of the SEI, is a pioneer of the identification and development of secure coding and secure software development practices. We are looking for an exceptional person to help us continue our leadership of ground-breaking improvements for securing software during development. Software has never been more important to our lives and our national security, nor has software insecurity ever been a greater risk.

If you join the team, you will work with elite cyber security experts to help software developers and software development organizations reduce vulnerabilities resulting from coding errors before they are deployed. We improve software security by identifying common programming errors that lead to software vulnerabilities, establishing secure coding standards, developing evaluation tools, and educating software developers.

Position Summary:

You will lead and participate in research and engineering projects that identify and implement standards for organizations to develop secure software systems. This will include developing and applying guidelines for writing secure code in C, C++, Java, and other popular languages. It also includes developing and using tools to verify that software is developed securely. You will work directly with customers to: develop and provide training in secure coding practices; evaluate, extend, and use tools to improve and automate source code analysis; review and improve code bases to ensure that the standards are being followed; and enhance the customers’ organizational capabilities to produce secure software systems. You will be expected to help customers improve their software to meet the security and privacy needs of their users by writing reports and delivering presentations that explain the results of your research and software evaluations.


  • You have a BS in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Science, or Information Systems Management with at least eight (8) years applicable experience.
  • You are willing to travel to other SEI locations, sponsor sites, conferences and offsite meetings.
  • You are able to thrive in an office setting, sitting for long time periods and having close contact with a computer.
  • You are able to multi-task and be detailed oriented.
  • You can meet inflexible deadlines and deal with challenges while maintaining professionalism.
  • You will be subject to a background investigation and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

You will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to:

  • Develop and analyze source code in common programming languages such as C, C#, C++, Java, and Python, with a focus on secure coding principles and practices
  • Use static and dynamic analysis tools to evaluate software to find and remove vulnerabilities
  • Build and configure various software build environments, and build custom tools to integrate and automate the use of software building and analysis tools
  • Develop and implement novel and advanced software analysis techniques
  • Lead projects in a team environment with varying skills, experience and locations
  • Plan and organize the evaluation approach for projects, including the collection and analysis of data from multiple sources, generate defensible results, and represent them in reporting products and interactions with customers, sponsors, and the public
  • Recognize and deal appropriately with confidential and sensitive information such as source code and software weaknesses and vulnerabilities
  • Develop and explain technical decisions and recommendations effectively with technical and non-technical audiences through verbal and written communications that lead to actionable and measurable improvements
  • Work meticulously with careful attention to detail required to identify defects and weaknesses in large software systems, and to identify development process improvement opportunities
  • Be self-motivated and capable of self-learning to maintain a working knowledge of the ever-changing software development landscape
  • Contribute to program objectives and plan development
  • Perform under minimal direction and use independent judgement when necessary
  • Participate in conferences and workshops where security-related issues are discussed

Desired Experience:

  • MS in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Science, or Information Systems Management with five (5) years applicable experience; or PhD in those disciplines with two (2) years applicable experience.
  • Develop and modify compilers and interpreters, understanding the underlying computer and compiler architectures, algorithms, performance trade-offs, and impact of optimization techniques on security issues
  • Work with DoD and other US Government software-intensive systems programs and software maintenance groups, understanding their unique needs, proposing and closing work to meet their needs, and lead projects to develop solutions that address their secure software development and acquisition needs
  • Represent DoD and US Government program constituency and perspective based on experience to other team members to aid in developing relevant research and development proposals and solutions
  • Transition knowledge, tools, and other work products from research projects to DoD and other US Government partners
  • Develop approaches to address software assurance in the risk management framework context
  • Develop and analyze software for specific platforms, such as mobile platforms and embedded systems
  • Evaluate software assurance using a range of methods, such as dynamic and binary analysis, model checking, assertions, and semantic formalizations
  • Use threat modeling tools to perform threat analysis on software systems

Job Function Breakdown:

40% Directly support customer work in secure coding, verification and validation techniques, and technical training. Tailor our current offerings to provide value to customers by evaluating their software, software development, and software acquisition/procurement practices, and providing improvement recommendations. Communicate the findings of such evaluations through reports and presentations. Build new tools and capabilities that improve our ability to meet customer needs.

30% Contribute to internally funded research projects, developing experimentation environments, evaluating secure software development practices, and communicating results internally and externally in reports and presentations.

15% Codify knowledge that has been gained through customer and research projects to expand and update knowledge transfer materials, such as Secure Coding guidelines, training materials, and tools.

15% Develop knowledge and understanding of SEI capabilities; learn how SEI capabilities can be applied to customer problems; work directly with SEI staff supporting the community with disciplines related to secure coding and secure development.


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