Software Assurance Branch Head

Atlanta, GA 30303

Job Description

The Software Assurance (SwA) branch in CIPHER's Assured Software and Information Division (ASID) seeks a highly qualified researcher with interest in leading a branch focused on secure software development, software transformation, software reverse engineering, software vulnerability assessment, and software exploitation. The Software Assurance Branch consists of 11 researchers and 3 students assistants that primarily research and develop novel techniques and tools for advanced software analysis (including vulnerability research), reverse engineering (including malware analysis), software transformation, and secure cyber systems development.    

Job Duties

The Branch Head is expected to lead and/or contribute to sponsored research programs. Specific Branch Head responsibilities include the following:

Personnel:

Performance appraisal and time sheet approval for branch personnel

Mentor branch personnel in professional development, task assignments and program development areas

Performance improvement plans as needed for branch personnel

Hiring, to include authoring / reviewing PVAs, reviewing resumes, and interview coordination

Project Execution:

Management and technical oversight for sponsored research tasks performed by group personnel

Manpower planning for branch personnel

Program Development:

Engagement with other branches, divisions and labs in execution of existing efforts, and in marketing of branch and division capabilities

Support tours and technical meetings with potential sponsors

Lead and/or contribute to white papers and proposals

Ensure that the branch is continuing to pursue new and novel research efforts through judicious use of internal R&D funding.

Administrative:

Support Monthly Project Status Review (MPSRs) meetings

Coordination with division leadership as required

Resolution of Computer Support and Research Security issues 

Required Capabilities:

  • Master's or PhD degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Related Field
  • Rank of REII/SRE/PRE or RSII/SRS/PRS if at GTRI
  • 2+ years experience leading sponsored research projects and sponsor interactions, or equivalent leadership experience
  • Experience in developing business relationships with new sponsors
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Active U.S. security clearance 

 

Travel Requirements

10% - 25% travel

Education & Length of Experience

Research Engineer/Scientist/Associate II

  • A Masters degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related field and three (3) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Masters degree in  Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related field and five (5) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelors degree, or
  • A Doctoral degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related field

Senior Research Engineer/Scientist/Associate

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

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Cybersecurity or a related field of study
  • 3+ Years of related work experience
  • Solid understanding of computing hardware
  • Solid understanding of operating systems
  • Solid understanding of computer science / computing theory
  • Experience with source code management tools (Git, Subversion) and contributing to large code-bases, and an understanding of the software development lifecycle
  • Familiarity with microprocessors, assembly language, and compilers
  • Demonstrated ability to develop software in multiple computer languages, to include at least C, C++, and Python
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Ability to follow Georgia Tech policies and procedures
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Active U.S. security clearance 

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5+ years of related work experience, or Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related field of study
  • Kernel-level software development/driver development
  • Demonstrated experience with software / malware reverse engineering and vulnerability research
  • Experience with reverse engineering tools (IDA, advanced debuggers, etc.)
  • Experience with embedded software / real-time operating systems
  • Experience with programming for emulation environments (QEMU, VmWare, etc.) 
  • Experience working with the U.S. government, including the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community
  • Experience leading research efforts as project director, project manager, or task leader
  • Experience writing refereed research papers, white papers, and/or competitive research proposals  

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: https://hr.gatech.edu/benefits

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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