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Network Security Engineer - R&D

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Information Technology/Computing | livermore, CA | 05/10/2023

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$148,650.00  - $190,932.00  Annually for the SES.3 level

$178,410.00  - $229,116.00  Annually for the SES.4 level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have an opening for an experienced Network Security Engineer - R&D with a background in network security and an emphasis on operational technology networks. You will contribute to, provide subject matter expertise, and lead research projects in the area of cybersecurity for critical infrastructure systems and civilian networks. This position is in Global Security Computing Applications Division (GS-CAD) of the Computing Directorate, matrixed to the Global Security Directorate.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level. 

In this role you will 

  • Lead interdisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers on relevant national security projects and oversee analysis of OT and IT network data to identify potential vulnerabilities and indicators of compromise.
  • Pursue program development opportunities by co-authoring proposals and proposing ideas that will address sponsor needs. Identify program growth opportunities towards development of custom network scanning and characterization tools for OT environments.
  • Present results and provide subject matter expertise across multi-discipline projects engaging with sponsors on a regular basis.
  • Test and validate new OT network characterization tools, working with LLNL’s cyber-physical testbed team.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.4 level

  • Oversee growth of existing and development of new network security capabilities at LLNL.
  • Identify new applications and opportunities for network security capability growth and help create vision and technical direction in thrust area, working with program leadership.
  • Develop new program growth opportunities through interactions with current and potential sponsors and the development of research proposals.

Qualifications

  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship 
  • Master’s degree in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Significant experience with at least one Programing Language (e.g., C, C++, Java, Python).
  •  Advanced proficiency using network packet analysis tools (e.g., tcpdump, wireshark, tshark, libpcap), doing network protocol analysis at various layers of the OSI model, and developing network analytics.
  •  Project leadership experience and ability to work independently while effectively managing concurrent technical tasks with competing priorities.
  • Experience writing research proposals and securing sponsor funding, with advanced interpersonal, verbal, and written skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment, present and explain technical information, and provide advice to management.

Additional qualifications at the SES.4 level

  • Subject matter expert understanding of and experience with control systems, OT and ICS/SCADA security, communication network protocol development and parsing, reverse engineering, and/or modeling.
  • Expert ability to communicate comprehensive knowledge effectively across multi-disciplinary teams and to non-cyber experts and proficient interpersonal skills necessary to effectively collaborate and lead in a team environment

Qualifications We Desire

  • PhD in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field .
  • Experience with Incident Response and threat hunting.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with one or more of the following: Penetration testing or red teaming, malware analysis, protocol dissectors and decoders, configuring and maintaining network sensors, and/or configuring and deploying network SIEM solutions.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Beware of Fraudulent Recruiting Advertisements. LLNL’s hiring practices:

  • Never requires job applicants to pay an application/training fee or submit personal documents like bank account details, passport number, Social Security number, tax forms or credit card information as part of the application process. 
  • For onsite interviews and to be granted access to a Federal facility, a LLNL employee will contact you directly to collect visa, passport number, and/or Social Security number.  To vet the authenticity of the employee please have them provide you their name and phone number and verify at people.llnl.gov.
  • Involves at least one interview (virtual or in-person) and never interviews job applicants through chat platforms such as Google Hangouts, or via correspondence through text and instant messaging systems.
  • Only sends email communications to job applicants from domain “@llnl.gov” or via their applicant tracking system, [email protected]. Occasionally LLNL uses third-party vendors that will contact you about job opportunities.  If a recruiter contacts you to apply, you will always be directed to our career page to apply through our career site.
  • Encourages all applicants to visit LLNL’s careers page at www.llnl.gov/join-our-team/careers if they saw the job posting on another site prior to applying to ensure the job posting is accurate and valid.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

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