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Cyber Security Research Scientist

Date: Jan 18, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8611 

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.
We are seeking a Cyber Security Research Scientist who will support the Cyber Resilience and Intelligence Division in the National Security Science Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Support national security agendas as they relate to the identification and mitigation of software vulnerabilities used in defense, energy, and critical infrastructure assets.
  • Research, develop and improve tools and techniques used to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities in critical systems.
  • Maintain awareness and understanding of cyber security research and events.
  • Contribute material to reports generated for project sponsors.
  • Assist in the development of research proposals related vulnerability science.
  • Promote ORNL/partners cyber security research and development capabilities as they apply to the national security community.
  • Present material and provide advice to technical audiences, leadership and sponsors on cyber security issues, research, and programs.
  • Identify and articulate ORNL capabilities and customer requirements to internal and external technical audiences, leadership, and sponsors.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, or related field and 2 years of experience or a master's degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A fundamental understanding of cyber security principles, tools, and operational applications.
  • Background in writing and auditing C, C++, Python, or Java.
  • Familiarity with static and dynamic binary analysis techniques (e.g., fuzzing) and reverse engineering (e.g., Ghidra or Ida Pro).
  • Working understanding of operating systems, memory management, and file formats and forensics.
  • Familiarity with embedded systems preferred.
  • Demonstrated desire and ability to acquire new knowledge and learn new skills.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to be proactive, work independently, and contribute as a team member.
  • Participation in capture-to-flag events, or cyber challenge events a plus.
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


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Special Requirements
HSPD-12 PIV badge: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain an HSPD-12 PIV badge.


Q clearance with SCI: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain an Secret Compartmented Information (SCI) clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program. In addition, due the SCI, you may be also be subject to random polygraph testing.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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