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Senior Security Solutions Engineer - 2007753 

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

Who We Are

You will work within the Monitoring & Response Directorate of the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). The SEI is a federally funded research and development center on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. CERT engages with the US Government, mainly the defense and intelligence sectors, to research, develop, apply and transition complex cybersecurity solutions. CERT generates some of the highest level of original research and takes on many of the most complex problems facing cybersecurity for the US Government. You will be part of a team that is thoughtfully engaged with its clients involved in emerging technology gaps and boldly solving problems to migrate solutions to our clients.

What We Do:

The CERT Situational Awareness group works with government customers to help them protect and defend their networks. We pioneer innovative ways to monitor and safeguard networked systems, and develop new ways of identifying and investigating network anomalies. We spend time observing real-world security operations teams, and help them improve how they do their jobs. Our work ranges in scope from the close-up investigation and examination of security data, to the assessment of large, enterprise-wide networks.

About You:

  • You want to make an impact beyond your organization.
  • You want to engage with worldwide leaders with vision.
  • Your strengths are curiosity, love of learning, deep interest in cybersecurity, and a desire to innovate.

Position Summary:

We research and develop ground breaking technical solutions for operational use in high-impact environments. Would you like to work at the forefront of network security?

As a member of the team you will be responsible for:

  • Providing strategic technical support to senior decision makers.
  • Leading teams in the development of security architectures.
  • Providing systems engineering, systems requirements development, technology evaluation and deployment guidance.
  • Participating in technical efforts, including development and prototyping of new analysis techniques, tools, and platforms, preparation of analytic reports, and contributions to research publications.
  • Becoming a respected domain expert by customers, commercial vendors, and the Internet community as a whole.
  • Advancing the state of art of cybersecurity architectures and security operations.


  • BS with ten (10) years or MS with eight (8) years 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. Moderate Travel (20%).
  • You will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to present technical topics to audiences of varying technical abilities, from senior leadership to technical experts.
  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders to promote thoughtful, practical solutions to tough security problems.
  • Strong research and writing skills.
  • Practical network security training (e.g. SANS GIAC Level 2 courses, GIAC Certifications, CCNP, CCIE Security, CISSP, CEH, CISM).
  • Experience working with the government, or within a critical infrastructure sector.
  • Deploying or supporting large-scale network security monitoring infrastructures.

Desired Experience:

  • PhD in Computer Science or related discipline with two (2) years of experience in network operations, security operations, or network security research; or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Security architecture
    • Security operations
    • Security research
  • Prior responsibility in leading a body of work consisting of numerous large-scale projects and multiple customers or external sponsors.
  • History of contributions to the broader industry or research community and experience in a variety of network security areas.

Job Function Breakdown:

75% Lead support to government program offices in the areas of strategy; process/policies; requirements elicitation; design and architecture; operations; outreach; and training.

15% Enable the transition and appropriate focus of NetSA analysis and engineering approaches and tools into operational environments.

10% Design, prototype, and transition tactical analysis studies and tools appropriate for operational use in situational awareness.

100% total effort

More Information

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A listing of employee benefits is available at:

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


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