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Cybersecurity Reverse Engineer - Senior

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Information Technology/Computing | livermore, CA | 10/14/2021

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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.

Job Description

We have multiple openings for Cybersecurity Reverse Engineers with a background in cybersecurity with an emphasis on software assurance. You will contribute to and lead research projects in the area of cybersecurity for critical infrastructure systems and civilian networks. You will leverage LLNL’s software assurance capabilities to enhance the security of software and firmware that resides in our critical networks and industrial control systems devices. These positions are programmatically in Global Security’s Energy and Homeland Security (E) Program and administratively in the Global Security Computing Applications Division (GS-CAD) within the Computing 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 and support a diverse range of highly complex research projects requiring creative use of innovative methods for development and implementation of new, automated software assurance tools.
  • Ensure the growth of existing and lead the development of software assurance capabilities at LLNL.
  • Develop new tools for software assurance and analysis for binaries and source code for devices residing in our critical networks and infrastructure.
  • Identify new applications and opportunities for and help create vision and technical direction for software assurance capabilities for critical networks and infrastructure cybersecurity working with LLNL’s program leadership.
  • Develop new program growth opportunities through interactions with existing and potential sponsors and the development of research proposals.
  • Develop, drive, and execute new ideas and approaches to meet the sponsor and project needs.
  • Mentor others and utilize technical expertise to attract and retain projects, programs and funding.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.5 level

  • Guide and provide scientific and technical direction for a portfolio of highly complex technical tasks and projects that consistently require the application of creativity and innovation; set broad research/project vision and strategy and influence technical direction for Laboratory, self and/or others wielding extensive influence with senior management and policy makers.
  • Provide highly innovative solutions to abstract complex problems/ideas, convert them into useable algorithms/software modules, and provide solutions that require in-depth analysis of multiple factors and the creative use of established methods.
  • Lead strategic planning initiatives, direct and accomplish project/program goals and objectives significantly impacting major Laboratory programs, set high-level goals, and contribute to the revolutionary advancement of knowledge.



  • Ability to maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship
  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related field or the equivalent combination of education and significant related experience.
  • Substantial experience in highly advanced program analysis of source code, binaries, and firmware.
  • Substantial experience with hardware or software debuggers and/or with static disassemblers and decompilers.
  • Subject matter expertise in formal verification methods.
  • Expert knowledge of instruction set architectures, such as ARM, x86/x64, PowerPC and/or MIPS.
  • Experience with advanced firmware extraction from devices.
  • Significant experience effectively leading teams and creating technical direction and vision, writing research proposals and securing sponsor funding.
  • Expert ability to communicate comprehensive knowledge effectively across multi-disciplinary teams and to non-cyber experts, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors, and proficient interpersonal skills necessary to effectively collaborate and lead in a team environment.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Expert knowledge of state-of-the-art technologies in software assurance.
  • Extensive experience and ability to plan the integration and implementation of new programs and/or operational best practices.
  • Extensive project leadership experience and ability to apply, lead and develop cutting-edge principles and research, working independently while effectively managing concurrent technical tasks with competing priorities.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related field.
  • Experience with the Juliet Test Suite and with industrial control systems software and hardware. Knowledge of one or more of the following computer science disciplines: embedded systems, scientific data analysis, machine learning, systems programming, software engineering, and high performance computing.
  • Ability to secure sponsor funding through winning proposals and sponsor relationships. Previous experience working Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, or a utility company.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above).  If you are selected and a clearance is required, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to 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.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. 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.

LLNS is committed to offering reasonable accommodations during the application and recruiting processes due to a disability.  If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please submit a request via our online form

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