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Technical Professional - Cyber Security

Date: Jun 10, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 5650 

Purpose:   The primary purpose of this position is to increase Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) science contributions and help manage research across the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DoD) and related Intelligence Community (IC) mission areas.  This position entails scientific, engineering, and management leadership in the area of vulnerability science (Reverse Engineering, Static and Dynamic Program Analysis, Vulnerability Identification and Mitigation).  The successful candidate will investigate technical capabilities and help manage execution of the ORNL Cyber Security programs and projects in support of national, DoE, DoD, IC, and homeland protection requirements.  Specific focus is identification and mitigation of vulnerabilities across a variety of systems and development of tools that support those activities.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Support national security agendas as they relate to the identification of software vulnerabilities used in defense, energy, and critical infrastructure assets.
  • 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.
  • Maintain knowledge currency of national-level cyber security research and development requirements.
  • Generate plans, proposals, budgets, and strategy for cyber security projects, applications and issues.
  • Provide scientific and technical advice for national level cyber security issues and ORNL programs.
  • Present briefings and instruction 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.
  • Maintain awareness and understanding of open cyber security research (specifically within the area of vulnerability identification and reverse engineering) conducted throughout the world.


Basic Requirements: 

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related IT discipline.
  • 2 years of related experience.
  • 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).
  • Working understanding of operating systems, memory management, and file formats and forensics.
  • Familiarity with embedded systems preferred.
  • Ability to apply technical knowledge about how vulnerabilities manifest in systems is necessary.
  • Demonstrated desire and ability to acquire new knowledge and learn new skills.
  • Demonstrated superior 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.


Our commitment to diversity:  As we strive to become the world’s premier research institution in the sciences and technologies that underpin critical national security missions, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment that highly values a diverse workforce.  We recognize that a breadth of perspectives, insights, and experiences are necessary to drive the level of innovation and discovery that is mission critical to national security sciences.  Our commitment extends beyond our workforce to the next generation of researchers with STEM education outreach that seeks to engage a diverse range of students.


Special Requirement:

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a DOE “Q” security clearance and a Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) clearance. 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.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

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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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