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Deputy Chief Scientist for the CERT Division - 100182 

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.

Position Summary:  This position is responsible for supporting CERT’s Chief Scientist to plan, develop and implement research strategies, initiatives, policies and programs that further the mission of CERT and the SEI. The Deputy will help the Chief Scientist formulate research goals and objectives in collaboration with research team leaders and help direct the research efforts to achieve agreed research directions. The position requires an understanding of the technical challenges and emerging trends as well as the potential research opportunities that affect cyber-security strategy for industry and government. Effective formulation and presentation of forward-looking ideas will shape a research agenda that influences the nation.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: PhD in a technical field such as computer science, engineering, mathematics with ten (10) years of experience or equivalent combination of training and experiences.

Experience: Seven (7) plus years of progressively responsible experience in a technology- or research-based organization in government, industry or higher education. At least seven years of successful information security operations and/or research experience including hands-on research, research team leadership and project management. Demonstrated success in formulating and delivering successful research proposals to the federal government and in leading the resulting projects. Demonstrated record of publications and contributions to the science and technology community. Demonstrated management experience with responsibility for projects, people, budgets and contracts.

Skills/Abilities: Mastery and broad understanding of computer systems, computer security technologies and practices and information security evaluation methods. Mastery of information security field in order to apply experimental theories and new developments to problems not susceptible to accepted methods. Able to make decisions and recommendations that significantly change important public policies or scientific programs dealing with cyber security. Ability to influence, work with and manage technical staff; able to respond quickly and effectively to changing priorities; excellent analytical, organizational, supervisory, reasoning and problem solving skills; ability to interact effectively with diverse constituencies internally and externally; excellent verbal and written communication skills; computer literacy.

Physical Mobility: Moderate to heavy domestic travel (25-50%).

Environmental Conditions: Normal office setting with continuous usage of computers.

Mental: Ability to work under pressure with frequent interruptions and meet inflexible deadlines.

Other: Pass a background investigation and be eligible for a U.S. DoD Clearance.  Ability to establish new techniques and approaches; establish technical and programmatic criteria.


Preferred Qualifications and Requirements

Experience: Research management experience in higher education, government, military, and/or Fortune 500 technology-based organizations is preferred. Planning and directing/executing specialized programs of marked difficulty, responsibility, and national significance in information security that have demonstrated leadership and unusual attainments in professional, scientific, or technical research, practice, or administration. Nationally known expert in the field of information security.

Skills/Abilities: Has the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization. Has the ability to establish an organizational research vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Leads people toward meeting the organization’s research vision, mission, and goals. Able to foster the development of others, facilitate cooperation and teamwork and support constructive resolution of conflicts. Makes decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Able to build coalitions internally and within government, private sector, academic and international organizations to achieve common goals.


Accountability:  Support to the Chief Scientist in: defining a strategic vision for the organization and articulating this vision to CERT and the SEI; establishing overall research goals and direction for CERT; managing communications across program functions and brokering partnership opportunities for collaboration with other SEI and CMU programs; determining research priorities based on overall organizational goals.

Direction:  Performs under minimal supervision; all normal duties and responsibilities are handled independently. Functions within broad precedents and policies as defined by the SEI, Carnegie Mellon and the CERT Director’s Office. Confers with the Chief Scientist on difficult or strategic issues.

Decisions:  Makes all non-strategic decisions for work assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  Serves as acting Chief Scientist when the Chief Scientist is unavailable and supervises the Chief Scientist’s staff only then. Advises the Chief Scientist on hiring and evaluation for CERT research staff.



75%        Supports the Chief Scientist as assigned.

25%        Perform personal research and technical work directly related to CERT’s priorities.


ORGANIZATIONAL CHART:  SEI Director’s Office < Director of CERT Division < Chief Scientist of CERT Division < Deputy Chief Scientist of CERT Division

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

Job Categories Cyber Security,Network Security,Research Scientist,Research 

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