ASID Division Chief - CIPHER

Atlanta, GA 30303

Job Description

Do you want to lead an innovative research group focused on developing and implementing analytical methods to assure the security and integrity of data, software, algorithms, and cyber-connected devices?  GTRI is searching for a proven leader with extensive research experience to lead the Assured Software and Information Division (ASID) in the Cybersecurity, Information Protection, and Hardware Evaluation Research (CIPHER) Lab. ASID is a new unit whose research is focused on AI/ML, information theory, quantitative reasoning, formalisms, combinatorics, formal methods, abstract interpretation, symbolic analysis, static and dynamic analysis, fuzzing, natural language processing, and other fundamental mathematical-based knowledge applied to diverse cyber problems.

The CIPHER Lab has programs across a wide range of cybersecurity topics, including secure information systems, cyber-physical systems, reverse engineering, software and hardware assurance, trusted microelectronics, command and control systems, cyber threat analysis, and novel approaches including quantum and molecular systems.  The goal of ASID is to grow a forward-looking capability in quantitative methods that can be applied to the diverse cyber programs in the laboratory.  Current efforts include projects in adversarial machine learning, software assurance, methods to design for cyber system resilience, and natural language processing applied to cybersecurity. Researchers in the division often develop solutions in collaboration with Georgia Tech faculty and students as well as research groups in academia, industry, and government from around the globe. 

ASID is a group of approximately 20 full-time researchers and is expected to grow substantially. The ability to operate with an entrepreneurial spirit combined with the stability of funded programs of nationally relevant purpose makes GTRI a unique and rewarding place to work. This position offers an opportunity to provide mentorship and cultivate career growth in an open culture.

The responsibilities of the Division Chief are divided between the leadership of the division and conducting independent research. The position is based at GTRI facilities in Midtown Atlanta, GA. Researchers at GTRI are research faculty at Georgia Tech.  There will be opportunity for a hybrid working model where 20-40% of time may be spent working remotely, subject to supervisor approval.

Job Duties

Management Duties:

  • Development of strategic vision and execution plan for the division in conjunction with the Laboratory and Directorate Leadership,
  • Oversight of division program and operational activities,
  • Leading contract development activities for the division and interfacing with sponsors,
  • Personnel management including hiring, performance evaluations, staffing, career development, etc.,
  • Management of budgets, resources, and compliance with policies and procedures,
  • Development of research collaborations with other GTRI laboratories, Georgia Tech academic faculty, and outside organizations

Research duties include:

  • Research activities supporting sponsored projects,
  • Program management of specific research projects,
  • Development and execution of internal research and development programs supporting the division strategic vision,
  • Development of proposals for new research efforts

Travel Requirements

10% - 25% travel

Education & Length of Experience

Senior Research Engineer/Scientist/Technologist/Associate

  • A Masters degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, or a related field of study   and seven (7) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Masters degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, or a related field of study   and nine (9) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelors degree, or
  • A Doctoral degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, or a related field of study   and four (4) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelor's degree.

Principal Research Engineer/Scientist/Technologist/Associate

  • A Masters degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, or a related field of study and eleven (11) years of relevant full-time experience, or
  • A Doctoral degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, or a related field of study and seven (7) years of relevant full-time experience.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • 10+ years of experience after the B.S. degree and a M.S. or Ph.D. in a quantitative field
  • Significant experience in:
    • research and development in quantitative methods, strategic planning, sponsor engagement, program management, and personnel management
    • program development, proposal generation, and sponsor engagement,
    • leading research projects and managing researchers,
  • Demonstrated technical achievements in the relevant technical domains,
  • Excellent communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Management experience for medium-sized research group strongly preferred
  • Ph.D. degree
  • Active security clearance

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the US federal government, candidates for this position are required to be US Citizens.

Clearance Type Required

Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.

Benefits at GTRI

Comprehensive information on currently offered GTRI benefits including Health & Welfare, Retirement Plans, Tuition Reimbursement, Time Off, and Professional Development, can be found through this link:

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institutes mission of solving the worlds most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.


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