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Sandia National Laboratories Cybersecurity Vulnerability Researcher (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.


We are seeking an early- to mid-career cybersecurity professional that is passionate about operationally oriented software research and development. Our multidisciplinary team is looking for a motivated, hardworking cyber scientist or engineer who wants to address national security challenges related to mobile technologies. We would like to add a team member that is inspired by these challenges to acquire a deep system understanding of how complex cyber systems interact, conduct extensive reverse engineering and identify system vulnerabilities and threats.

If solving our nation’s most complex cyber problems excites you, please apply for this opportunity to join our outstanding team. As part of the team, you will engage with work across the technology spectrum, including mobile systems, desktop, enterprise, and embedded systems, as well as globally connected networks of networks.

To support Sandia's national security missions, our cybersecurity scientists and engineers engage in a variety of research areas including:

  • Manual and automated reverse engineering, vulnerability assessment, and malware analysis
  • Mobile devices and smart technologies
  • Low-level research to support ongoing experimentation and development in OSes, hypervisors, and multiple levels of firmware
  • Modeling, simulation, and emulation
  • Hardware/software trust and assurance
  • Virtualization (system and network) and cloud technologies
  • Network operation and information protection
  • Real-time operating systems (RTOS) and embedded systems, including Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Data science, data analytics, and information theory
  • Cryptography
  • Intrusion prevention/detection and response, penetration testing, and forensics


  • Advanced Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Security, Cyber Security, or related field plus 2 years relevant experience; a Doctorate in a related field; or Bachelor’s in a related subject area plus 6 years’ relevant experience; other relevant education/experience will also be considered in lieu of a degree
  • US DOD TS or US DOE Q clearance required to start and ability to maintain; Ability to acquire and maintain an SCI clearance, which may include a polygraph examination


  • Experience with or training in one or more information security topics such as: Operating System design and security, cryptography, network security protocols and specifications, driver and low-level software debugging, embedded system design, mobile operating system and application analysis, and memory management
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with complementary teams
  • Experience with program analysis, reverse engineering, and debugging tools (e.g., angr, BAP, IDA Pro, Binary Ninja, gdb, Ghidra, windbg)
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines on a variety of activities
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, ability to explain sophisticated ideas clearly and concisely
  • Experience in developing and communicating technical ideas, and proposals for external program development
  • Experience conducting research resulting in creative technical solutions
  • Active SCI clearance

Department Description:

The Information Operations program consists of approximately 200 R&D technical staff working in most of the subdomains of cybersecurity. We are passionate about by our sponsors’ mission and motivated by our teams’ significant national security impacts. Our sponsors’ needs and future technological challenges drive us to push the boundaries of what is possible. We do long-range academically oriented research, quick-turn mission-oriented product development, and everything in between.

Our forward-looking team of specialists that analyze existing and future security architectures and technologies and develop next generation methods and tools to improve the security efficiency and assurance of our nation's critical systems. We employ systems engineering approaches across a spectrum that covers embedded, wireless, enterprise, and globally connected technologies. Our multidisciplinary R&D security research group includes electrical engineers, computer scientists, network security and engineering specialists, and security risk management leaders. We have exciting career opportunities for individuals with a passion to improve the security efficiency of our nation's critical systems and technologies.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
  • Extraordinary co-workers
  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
  • Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)
  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.