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Sandia National Laboratories Hardware Security Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) in Livermore, California

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Are you interested in protecting the security of our digital systems against advanced cyber security threats? Are you interested in partnering with cyber security researchers across the laboratories and system design teams to build a Nuclear-Deterrent-centric cyber program?

If so, the Digital Systems Security team has multiple openings for highly motivated and hardworking hardware/embedded systems security researchers (R&D S&E, Cybersecurity) passionate about securing and designing digital systems for the national security mission.

Come join our team and make a national impact.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Support system-level security risk assessment and provide vulnerability remediation guidance and recommendations
  • Review designs, and validate hardware security implementations of digital systems
  • Identify and present innovative security solutions for the system team
  • Participate in technical design reviews and provide clear feedback and actionable solutions
  • Develop applicable security policies and requirements
  • Conduct threat assessment and red-teaming exercises
  • Champion security best practices and serve as a security subject matter expert for the design teams
  • Partner with system development teams to create secure product designs

Required:

  • Master's degree in relevant discipline or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience
  • Security research experience, preferably hardware and embedded systems security
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Desired:

  • Degree(s) in Computer Science/Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related discipline
  • Experience conducting research resulting in creative technical solutions
  • Have offensive security mindset
  • Experience in hardware security, hardware development, formal methods, applied cryptography, vulnerability assessment, security threat models, risk assessment, systems engineering
  • Experience with security requirements and assurance (NIST, CNSS, etc.), with working knowledge of risk management frameworks,
  • Experience auditing code in C/C++, Java, Python, assembly, or other languages
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Familiarity with secure-system design principles and information assurance principles
  • Well-developed leadership skills with the ability to prioritize and execute in a disciplined and focused manner
  • Active DOE Q security clearance

Department Description:

The new Cyber Resilient Systems department will be a new department housed in the Information Security Sciences group. The group currently focuses on four major areas of research and development: (1) Emulytics, (2) cyber systems vulnerability analyses and assessments, (3) data analytics and (4) cyber enterprise protection. This combination allows the group to focus on the intersection of modeling and simulation, data analysis and operations all in the context of cyber. This department will allow the group to more holistically support the Energy and Homeland Security Program Management Center as it brings the Laboratory's cyber knowledge to the area of critical infrastructure.The Cyber Resilient Systems department is primarily responsible for understanding the operational needs of critical infrastructure cyber enterprises and fielding the expertise necessary to support those requirements. The department will over time comprise a unique team whose members have a deep understanding of the cyber needs of the energy critical infrastructure sector as well as systems-level understanding of operational cyber technologies. The portfolio emphasizes efforts to secure government and critical infrastructure systems against highly sophisticated, well-resourced attacks. The department's specialties include sector-focused enterprise-level vulnerability assessments, and development and assessment of mitigation approaches. The staff in the department have expertise in critical infrastructure, computer science, cyber operations and related fields. The members of this department will work in support of subject matter experts in the energy programs. These efforts are deployed in support of multiple networks for our sponsor and many customers.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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: http://www.sandia.gov

*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, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance 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 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.

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