Associate Cybersecurity Engineer

at Carnegie Mellon University
Published March 13, 2023
Location Arlington, VA
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


The CERT Cyber Workforce Development (CWD) Modeling, Simulation, and Exercise (MSE) team aims to lower the cost and time required to build cybersecurity expertise and to amplify that expertise to a globally distributed workforce. To achieve this, we develop and integrate innovative tools and processes to train, exercise, and assess cybersecurity professionals and teams. In doing so, MSE pioneers research and development efforts designed to counter cybersecurity threats to our nation.

MSE develops solutions for improving an organization's cyber workforce development program. MSE partners with sponsors to identify and resolve gaps that hinder a workforce's ability to counter rapidly evolving adversary tactics in cyberspace. We achieve this by guiding organizations through improvement of their cyber workforce's knowledge, skills, and abilities.

MSE's core strength is our supportive and highly collaborative culture. Our team recognizes the importance of our mission: to ensure that our nation's cybersecurity workforce is the best in the world. We are looking for people of character who share our passion, love technology and teamwork, and who have a desire to teach, learn from, and collaborate with others. We provide numerous internal and external training and professional development opportunities for members of our team. We also learn from each other through cross-training and mentoring.

Position Summary

As a member of MSE, you will work with other team members to develop and deliver cybersecurity training capabilities, programs, and software for US Government departments, agencies and associated organizations.


* BS in Computer Science, Data Science, Information Science, Cybersecurity, Computer Engineering, or related discipline with three (3) years of applicable work experience or MS in the same fields with one (1) year of applicable work experience or an equivalent combination of training or experience.
* Willingness to travel to various locations in support of the SEI's overall mission. This includes within the SEI and CMU community, sponsor sites, conferences, and offsite meetings on occasion. Moderate travel (15%).
* You will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.


* Interacting effectively with team members
* Identifying and understanding customer problems/challenges
* Collecting requirements and objectives
* Producing creative and engaging scenario-based simulations
* Building physical and virtualized network systems
* Defining, creating, and maintaining solutions in support of government cyberspace responsibilities
* Defining and solving challenging problems related to effective learning and human-machine teaming
* Developing software and hardware prototypes

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

In MSE, we want you to learn new skills and technologies. In this position, you will potentially use the skills and technologies in the following list. Previous experience or exposure to these skills will be considered a plus.

* Excellent oral and written communications
* Understanding of cybersecurity fundamentals and best practices
* Technical problem-solving, analytical and information organization
* Network system design, building, maintenance and troubleshooting
* Server and desktop platforms (e.g., Windows, Linux, MacOS, etc.)
* Network administration (e.g., routers, switches, firewalls, proxies, etc.)
* Programming and website design (e.g., Angular, CSS, .NET Core, Python, R, C, C++, C#, Java, etc.)
* Scripting (e.g., Bash, PowerShell, etc.)
* Infrastructure-as-Code technologies (e.g., Packer, Terraform, Ansible, etc.)
* DevOps technologies (e.g., Git, Docker, Helm, Kubernetes, etc.)
* Virtualization and cloud technologies (e.g., VMWare ESX server, Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, etc.)
* Security tools (e.g., Splunk, Security Onion, ELK stack, McAfee ePO/HIPS, ArcSight, etc.)
* Penetration testing (e.g., Kali, Metasploit, Powershell Empire, etc.)
* Data science / machine learning analytics (e.g., ML.NET, pandas, scikit-learn, pytorch, tensorflow, R, etc.)
* Learning analytics (e.g., curriculum design, knowledge and performance assessment, feedback, remediation, etc.)
* Learning Management Systems (e.g., Moodle)

Desired Experience:

* Government/military service in positions involving information technology, cybersecurity, and management of large-scale government networks

CMU's COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: As a condition of employment, Carnegie Mellon University requires all staff and faculty working in the United States to be fully vaccinated, including a booster when eligible, against COVID-19. Prior to commencement of employment, new hires in the United States must provide proof of vaccination or obtain an approved exemption. (Exemptions may be requested for medical reasons or for religious or strong moral or ethical conviction.) Those granted an exemption must comply with all applicable COVID-19 mitigation requirements. The most up-to-date information on CMU's COVID-19 mitigation requirements can be found here: Minimum Requirements to Return to Campus.


Arlington, VA, Pittsburgh, PA, Remote Work Location

Job Function

Software/Applications Development/Engineering

Position Type

Staff - Regular

Full Time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis


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