Cybersecurity Researcher

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) - Laurel, MD4.1

Full-timeEstimated: $100,000 - $130,000 a year
Do you have experience researching cybersecurity challenges?

Are you interested in making critical contributions that impact national security systems?

Are you interested in working in an intellectually stimulating, professionally rewarding, and fun environment?

If so, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

As a Cybersecurity Researcher, you will...

Develop new concepts and approaches for cybersecurity technologies. Perform basic and/or applied research to address critical gaps in defensive cybersecurity, including network security, host-based security, mobile security, cloud security, IoT security, software development, and integrated automated cybersecurity. Develop innovative solutions to existing and emerging cybersecurity challenges, from initial concept through the advanced prototype stage and experimentation. Provide thought leadership and technical leadership in a research environment.

Participate in research projects to develop new concepts and approaches to cyber defense. Transform concepts into functioning prototypes to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of new and emerging solutions.
Participate in teams working to advance defensive capabilities of critical national systems. Analyze data and results to assess existing capabilities and identify critical gaps. Work with staff to devise and develop algorithms, techniques, and new solutions for improving defensive capabilities.
Actively engage the broader community by publishing papers and presenting project results in academic settings. Share knowledge by clearly articulating ideas through papers and presentations to technical staff, management and Government decision makers. Take advantage of opportunities to participate in community working groups, sponsor meetings, proposal writing, and conferences.
You meet the minimum qualifications for this position if you have:

MS or PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field with 5 years of prior research experience.

Experience in a variety of programming languages, and be able to develop software to demonstrate new security concepts.
Experience with one or more of the following: Windows, Unix-like operating systems (e.g., Linux), shell scripting; malware analysis and reverse engineering; networking protocols (e.g., TCP, HTTP, and SMTP); cloud computing; virtualization (e.g., KVM, Xen, VMware), and IoT
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to obtain a Secret clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you have:

PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field with at 7 years of research experience.

Demonstrated leadership in directing and conducting research efforts, including prior experience as Principal Investigator.
Strong background in computer/network security concepts and technologies, including extensive knowledge of enterprise security operations and computer network vulnerabilities and exploits.
Experience writing published papers and presenting results to conferences/workshops.
A current DoD clearance and prior experience working with Government agencies are desirable.
Active TS/SCI clearance.
WhyWork at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied PhysicsLaboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most criticaldefense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection ofchallenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APLpromotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefitsand healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in theBaltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Actionemployer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employmentwithout regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexualorientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any othercharacteristic protected by applicable law.