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Senior Cyber Security Engineer - 2001253 

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:  The CMU/SEI Cyber Security Solutions (CS2) directorate is a leading edge analytical resource focusing on critical U.S. Government (USG) needs.  For the past 8 years, the CS2 Forensic Operations and Investigations group has provided analytical and operational support to high-profile investigations including numerous activities of national or international significance. Through this work the CS2/FOI can see the current limitations of digital analysis and incident response in the field first hand. Combining applied research with the unique talents, operational experience, research capabilities, and the vast knowledge base of Carnegie Mellon University, DIID is unmatched in its ability to develop new tools and methods to address cyber security limitations and critical gap areas.

The individual in this position will work as a member of the CERT Program’s Cyber Security Solutions (CS2) directorate as a member of the Forensic Operations and Investigations (FOI) group. The candidate will be expected to perform a variety of roles. Primary to this position is the management of an existing portfolio of operational clientele as well as the expansion of the FOI portfolio of work within the Defense and Intelligence communities. To achieve this, the candidate will be expected to understand the unique needs of these communities in order to develop a strategic program of research, development and analysis to support current and future gaps in key areas of need. This position will be directly responsible for developing new and maintaining existing customer relationships through ongoing interaction with customers.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training:  Bachelors of Science in Computer Science, Intelligence or Intelligence Analysis, Network Security, or related field with more than ten (10) years’ experience, Masters of Science in same fields with more than eight (8) years’ experience, Doctorate in same fields with more than five (5) years’ experience or equivalent.

Experience:  Professional experience listed above to include the following areas: Cyber and Intelligence analysis, preferably within company security teams, network operations centers, counter terrorism centers, or within the government in counter cyber threat environments; intelligence community knowledge and experience; awareness of sourcing, intelligence analysis methodologies, intelligence needs, cyber capabilities, and intelligence tools; leader of teams of analysts, operators, and technologist, preferably in the areas of security or intelligence; experience with and oversight of intelligence analysis and reporting operations; experience using and awareness of data analytics.

Skills/Abilities: Knowledge of and experience in: Familiarity with mission needs and challenges in “cyber”; awareness of intelligence capabilities in support of US Government (Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community) cyber missions, including gaps and capability needs; experience and knowledge of cyber threats and cyber threat analytics; intimate knowledge of key government stakeholders in cyber and knowledge of relevant industry organizations and activities related to cyber; information assurance/survivability; data analytics; effective leadership skills to create informal but effective teams in partnerships across the U.S.; team leadership; leadership of skill-diverse, multidisciplinary teams; strong written and verbal communications skills and the ability to present to small and large audiences; intelligence community and service cyber commands domain knowledge a plus.

Physical Mobility: Primarily sedentary in an office setting with some mobility. Flexible to travel to various locations within the SEI and CMU community, sponsor sites, conferences, and offsite meetings on occasion. Travel outside of Pittsburgh limited to one-two weeks a month.

Environmental Conditions: Normal office conditions; close contact with computer screen for extended periods of time.

Mental: The ability to: Oversee and direct the design and development of detailed analysis methodologies and processes based on requirements elicitation from internal and external stakeholders; lead the interaction and clearly communicate with cyber intelligence and security staff across government and industry, software developers, IT infrastructure owners and architects, analyst, and non-technical experts; work meticulously with attention to detail; lead multiple projects and project teams at once; delegation; lead and manage under uncertainty; gradual structure projects and programs based on dynamic requirements and incremental input and evaluation; flexibility; drive teams to effectively meet deadlines while working on multiple tasks – sometimes under pressure and with shifting priorities; deal collaboratively, diplomatically, and successfully with customers, co-workers, and other professional colleagues, managers, and staff; grasp and shape the big picture, direction, and goals of an effort while focusing on the meaning of details and how they are to be achieved; interface with world-class researchers across government, industry, and academia; develop and communicate innovative ideas; quickly learn and develop new procedures, techniques, and approaches.

Other:  U.S. Citizenship is required.  Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.


Accountability:  This position will be responsible for leading technical teams, developing approaches and solutions to digital intelligence problems for and with government, industry, and academic partners.

Direction: This position is expected to act with limited supervision in accordance with SEI procedures and policies, such as those involving technical leadership, analysis, report production, and confidentiality. This position requires close collaboration and teaming with the CS2/FOI Technical Management teams and program staff.

Decisions:  This position will be in a decision-making capacity for technical aspects of FOI projects and programs. Close coordination with the FOI technical manager will be required.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  This position will likely hold supervisory responsibilities for small (2) to medium (10) sized teams.


Job Functions or Responsibilities:

55%     Serve as a technical leader for CS2/FOI projects and programs, including the development of capabilities. Lead technology demonstration and intelligence activities across the Forensic Operations and Investigations (FOI) portfolio. Oversee and direct the aggregation and analysis of industry and contextual data to understand, capture, and report on events related to global, national, and local threat intelligence and network intelligence. Collaborate with, direct, and mentor other SEI staff, including analysts, technologist, researchers, and others.

25%     Explore, design, identify, document, guide the development of, and evaluate solutions to critical government and industry cyber intelligence issues.  Interface and collaborate with government and industry experts, the research community, and academics to identify needs, capabilities, objectives, and possible solutions to key digital intelligence challenges.

15%     Work with and advise the CS2/FOI management, and other senior leaders at the SEI on strategy, business development, direction, planning, and execution.

5%    Participate in the broader SEI software research community through collaboration, papers, and presentations.

100% Total Effort


Organizational Chart:  CERT Director > CS2 Technical Director > CS2 Deputy Director > Forensic Operations and Intelligence Technical Manager > Senior Engineer – Defense and Intelligence


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

Job Categories Cyber Intelligence 

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