Accenture Labs - Cyber Security Research Associate Principal

Accenture - Washington, DC4.0

Full-timeEstimated: $120,000 - $150,000 a year
We seek a well-rounded researcher with a background in areas related to Cyber Security to develop and incubate solutions that improve our clients' cyber defense strategies and capabilities, such as threat-centric management, advanced detection techniques, machine speed response and effective risk management techniques.

Researchers in our lab are called upon to:
Track a broad range of emerging technologies that are poised improve an organization’s security posture
Dive deeply into application areas that are relevant to Accenture and clients, to understand where the most critical challenges, and most promising opportunities lie.
Envision, prototype, and pilot new solutions to these challenges by applying deep skills in Cyber Security and related paradigms.
With this in mind, researchers at the Associate Principal level must be able to:
Explore and define new research projects within the research group’s overall agenda.
Build on ideas provided by leads and stakeholders and produce high quality deliverables.
Execute projects through some combination of prototype development, empirical research, thought leadership.
Our researchers participate in collaborative research between academia and industry and integrate resulting approaches into our projects. As such, researchers are expected to:
Actively participate in their technology community by building relationships and serving as a technology expert when working with clients or client teams.
Actively participate and serve in the research community (e.g., conferences, consortiums, workshops) and build university relationships.
Explore and apply for research grants from internal (Accenture partners and clients) and external funding organizations

Key Responsibilities:
Influence and Execute R&D Agenda
Pursue research projects agreed upon with R&D leads, participating in both their conception and technical development.
Supervise and mentor more junior researchers and research engineers to successfully complete their responsibilities and assist with career progression
Build prototypes – bringing concepts to initial implementations – including design, coding to testing
Apply and reshape prototypes in pioneering engagements based on clients’ needs and drive toward successful deployment in the clients’ IT environment
Continuously learn new technology areas that are mission-aligned to the R&D group
Act as Subject Matter Expert in area of expertise
Participate in projects as a representative within a functional, technical or industry area of expertise
Discuss issues or trends within area of expertise to raise client and/or Accenture awareness
Act as a contributor in medium critical situations, either internally for Accenture or at client engagement(s) pertaining to a functional, technical or business area of expertise
Contribute to assets/offerings and thought leadership
Actively contribute to both internal and external thought leadership, both more and less formal, targeted for various audiences.
Publish and present research papers in top tier conferences, workshops and journals
Serve as reviewer, technical program community, and/or panelist in conferences and workshops
Enhance Accenture’s marketplace reputation
Work confidently with internal networks and other thought leaders on key relevant issues.
Demonstrate expertise internally (e.g. presentations to internal audiences, participates in community of practice, etc.)
Build deep relationships with teams in partner organizations
Build deep relationships with researchers from academia and other research labs
Actively contribute to the technology community and establish external reputation as expert.

Basic Qualifications
Masters or PhD in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related technology area
Minimum of 2 years of experience conducting research in areas relevant to Cyber Security
Preferred Skills
2 years of experience creating prototypes that apply and test new ideas related to Cyber Security
Experience conducting research/advanced R&D in area relevant to Cyber Security & Artificial Intelligence
2+ years of experience using 2 or more programming languages, such as C#, Python, Java, Scala, .NET, etc
Experience working with data intensive software projects
Experience working with data storage technologies (RDBMS such as MySQL, SQL Server, MongDB or Cassandra)
Professional Skill Requirements
Ability to travel based on client needs (up to 25%)
Proven ability to create a project plan and execute against it
Proven ability to motivate, lead a high performance team
Proven ability to build, manage and foster a team-oriented environment
Proven ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment
Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills
Excellent leadership and management skills

Applicants for employment in the US must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States and with Accenture.

Candidates who are currently employed by a client of Accenture or an affiliated Accenture business may not be eligible for consideration.

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