Software Architect - CIPHER

Atlanta, GA 30303

Project/Unit Description

Threat Analysis Branch of the Cybersecurity, Information Protection, and Hardware Evaluation Research (CIPHER) Lab.

Job Purpose

Software Architects design, develop, and deploy software solutions for GTRI's applied research sponsors. This position requires providing technical leadership, including design documentation that details recommendations and implementation details about software subsystems, hardware technologies, and deployment requirements. Software Architects should be able to independently implement any portion of the design process, as needed for custom implementations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with various stakeholders to determine software requirements. Creates high-level product specifications and design documents. Provides development team with architectural blueprints to follow.
  • Perform software architecture development, flow down module / object requirements, define interfaces / data structures / broad data management approach
  • Tests the final product to ensure it is completely functional and meets requirements. Guides and assists the development team throughout the process. Troubleshoots and resolves issues with coding or design. Ensures that team adheres to development schedules and deadlines.
  • Contribute to research reports, white papers, and competitive proposals

Additional Responsibilities

  • Lead technical teams to meet project requirements
  • Lead new research in the cyber space

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience with at least two of the following: Java, Python, C languages,Thorough understanding of software development & design patterns and best practices
  • Familiarity with software development tools and workflows, including source control (e.g., git),
  • Experience with network analysis and/or security best practices and the network stack
  • Understanding of cybersecurity issues and/or intelligence analysis
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active TS/SCI Clearance
  • Experience with Machine Learning tools and techniques
  • Experience designing non-trivial software tools, systems, and frameworks
  • Experience analyzing large datasets and adapting state-of-the-art algorithms/techniques
  • Experience leading technical teams
  • Masters / Doctorate in Computer Science or Security
  • Experience working with graph databases and graph algorithms
  • Malware analysis
  • Hands-on network administration in an IT-type role
  • Experience with Natural Language Processing (NLP)

Travel Requirements

10% - 25% travel

Education and Length of Experience

This position vacancy is an open-rank announcement. The final job offer will be dependent on candidate qualifications in alignment with Research Faculty Extension Professional ranks as outlined in section 3.2.1 of the Georgia Tech Faculty Handbook

  • 5 years of related experience with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering
  • 3 years of related experience with a Masters degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering
  • 0 years of related experience with a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the U.S. federal government, candidates for this position must be U.S. Citizens.

Clearance Type Required

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

Safer Federal Workforce Executive Order

Presidential Executive Order 14042 requires most federal contractors, including federal contractors within the University System of Georgia, to comply with Covid-19 guidance from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (Task Force). Georgia Tech must ensure that all employees covered under the Executive Order (covered employees), including those working remotely in the United States, are fully vaccinated by January 19, 2022, or by their first day of work in a covered role.

This position is covered by the Executive Order. Accommodations or exemptions for medical conditions can be requested by individuals who would otherwise be covered but have a disability, medical condition, or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

Details of the order can be found here

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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