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Cyber Security Engineer - Arlington, VA


Job Description

Job ID: 307977
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

This position will reside in the Operational Analysis discipline in support of government clients, and is located in the Washington, DC area. This position is responsible for management of IT infrastructure for an experiential lab. The incumbent will be expected to have a network engineering background as well as familiarity with virtual machines, Linux, Windows and MAC operating systems. This is a growth position for someone who possesses the right technical background but is interested in branching out gaining new experiences in cyber security research and development. In addition to the technical aspects of the job described above the incumbent will perform data fusion and data analysis using advanced tools, help develop new cyber classroom exercises and have regular engagements with sponsors.

The incumbent is organizationally part of the Operations & Analysis Group. This Group is a part of the National Security Directorate and provides high quality technology and analysis products to the U.S. Department of Energy and other federal agencies. This position is located in the Washington, D.C. metro area (Arlington) and will be in government client spaces.
Responsibilities and accountabilities include:
- Configure, establish and manage IT infrastructure for a small, experiential cyber laboratory. Build out desktop environments for classroom activities. Windows server, VMWare, MAC OSX, Linux and Cisco (switches, routers, firewalls).
- Serve as an Information System Security Manager (ISSM).
- Create and analyze datasets, applications, and tools for hands-on experiential exercises in the classroom.
- Familiarity with reverse engineering and/or malware analysis techniques
- Knowledgeable in configuring Active Directory and databases (MS-SQL)
- Maintain proficiency in current and emerging analytical software products. Identify new state of the art tools for acquisition and incorporation into the lab.
- Build proficiency with tools and data sets and collaborate with R&D developers to build demonstrations for sponsor engagements and classroom activities.
- Engage and/or brief senior government officials, visiting professors, and invited speakers.
- Stay cutting edge on new and developing technologies for customer awareness and potential adoption into the space. Deploy and manage hardware, software and virtualization for classroom systems and research projects.
- Receive overall programmatic direction and maintain professional demeanor - responsible, self-motivated, and autonomous.
- Relevant experience is defined as experience in one or more of the following:
- Working Knowledge of Linux, MAC OSX and Windows OS
- Proficiency in network engineering
- Curiosity about cyber and data analytics tools
- Must have demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to interface with clients and laboratory scientific staff and management.

Operating on the data-information-knowledge continuum, staff at PNNL employ diverse methods to confront significant problems of national interest—from distilling distributed data into knowledge that supports decision processes, to enabling resilient technologies that enhance computing at extreme scales, to equipping cyber defenders with tools that prevent damaging cyber-attacks.

Our research portfolio—spanning from basic to applied—includes data and computational engineering, high-performance computing, applied mathematics, semantic and human language technologies, machine learning, data and computing architectures, systems integration, and software and application development.

Computing researchers and practitioners work side by side to apply advanced theories, methods, algorithms, models, evaluation tools and testbeds, and computational-based solutions address complex scientific challenges affecting energy, biological sciences, the environment, and national security.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Minimum Qualifications

- Bachelor's degree in technical field and 5 years of experience in computer science or a closely related field or an advanced degree plus 3 years experience. Advanced Degree preferred.
- This position will require the ability to obtain and maintain an SCI clearance. Applicants must be U. S. citizens, no dual citizenship, and have no foreign national immediate family members. Work location will be primarily in Arlington, VA, with travel determined by project need.
- Must meet minimum requirements to receive further consideration.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307977
Directorate: National Security
Division: Computing & Analytics
Group: Analysis & Operations

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.

* U.S. Citizenship
* Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.
* Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.