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HPC Cyber Security Engineer, Systems

Date: Jul 11, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4682 



The HPC Cybersecurity & Information Engineering Group within the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking highly qualified individuals to play a key role in improving the security, performance, and reliability of the NCCS computing infrastructure.


We are looking for self-starters that can both see the big picture as well as pay attention to detail. In this role you will focus on cyber security engineering and operations in the Cyber Security team within the Security and Information Engineering Group to support all activities of the supercomputing center.  If you are excited about combining Linux system best practices and developing one-of-a-kind HPC security capabilities, this position offers you the opportunity to directly contribute to state-of-the-art security practices and guarantee the integrity of open science publications that utilize NCCS supercomputing resources.


Job Duties and Responsibilities


 Duties of the position include, but are not limited to:

• Maintaining security applications deployed by container orchestration tools.

• Developing new security applications using industry standard practices.

• Performing assessments and verifying cyber security policy.
• Analyzing, triaging, and responding to application, system, and network events.
• Installing, maintaining, and monitoring IDS/IPS.
• Interpreting cyber security policy.
• Generating cyber security operational summaries and reports.
• Performing host and network forensics.
• Configuring and maintaining event correlation and reduction tools.
• Automating cyber security tasks.
• Developing and porting cyber security utilities.
• Scanning networks for vulnerabilities.
• Responding to system vulnerabilities and coordinating system patches and updates.
• Performing approved penetration testing and verification.

• Documenting cyber security procedures.

• Participating in a 24-hour, 7-day on-call incident response rotation.

Basic Qualifications



  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Master’s Degree and 4+ year(s) of relevant experience.
  • Strong understanding of cyber security concepts, best practices, and tools.
  • Experience hardening UNIX/Linux environments.

  • Solid understanding of networked computing environment concepts.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work well in a team environment.

  • Natural ability to grow new and emerging technologies
  • Experience deploying and maintaining systems in UNIX/Linux environments
  • Cyber security experience in a US government environment.
  • Experience with IDS/IPS.

  • Experience in a high-performance computing environment

  • Experience using monitoring software or appliances for cyber security.

  • Experience using analysis software or appliances for cyber security.
  • Experience with incident response and engaging in forensics
  • Programming and advanced scripting experience.
  • Experience with automated configuration management tools such as Puppet or Ansible.
  • Experience in network, application, and/or security architecture and design.

  • Familiarity with common protocols such as: DNS, DHCP, LDAP, SNMP, SMTP, HTTP, SSL.
  • Ability to perform under pressure and in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Security Certifications (GIAC, CISSP, etc.) are a plus.

Special Requirements


This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a 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.


Benefits at ORNL


UT Battelle offers an exceptional benefits package to include matching 401K, Pension Plan, Paid Vacation and Medical / Dental plan. Onsite amenities include Credit Union, Medical Clinic, and free Fitness facilities.   




Relocation to the Knoxville/Oak Ridge, TN area is a requirement for this position.

UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for this position.

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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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