Distinguished Cybersecurity Researcher – Cloud Security with Security Clearance

at Sandia National Laboratories
Published June 6, 2023
Location Livermore, CA
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


Posting Duration This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the 'posting date'. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time. NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs. If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date. Salary Range $158,000 - $268,600 *Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential. What Your Job Will Be Like The Information Security Sciences group within the Computation & Analysis for National Security Center (CANS) is seeking a Distinguished R&D S&E Cybersecurity researcher to join our team and lead the evolution of our Cyber & Critical Infrastructure Security (CCIS) program cloud research projects. Your visionary and technical leadership will strategically position our team to simultaneously deliver on immediate sponsor needs in secure cloud computing and proactively anticipate and counter future threats to the cloud domain. The successful candidate will join organization 08767, the Secure Cloud Computing department. The Secure Cloud Computing department leverages deep understanding of cyber threats and broad expertise in computer networking, virtualization, and commercial cloud architectures to lead secure adoption of cloud technologies and to research advanced cloud threats for federal civilian departments and agencies. On any given day you may be called upon to: * Lead large teams of 50+ research staff, contractors, and external university and lab partners to achieve impactful and exceptional results. * Engage with sponsors to propose and develop solutions to significant national security challenges in cloud. * Partner across Sandia's Cyber Mission Centers to understand Sandia's unique capabilities and awareness of cybersecurity threats to cloud environments and build teams that bring the best capabilities to bear for our sponsors. * Develop relationships with key stakeholders across government and industry toward achieving long-term cloud security objectives * Engage in setting strategic direction for Sandia cloud research, particularly in support of the CCIS program. * Be a resource for subject matter expertise and collaboration across the center and the Labs. * Support strategic staffing initiatives and engage in staff mentoring and development. The selected applicant can be a virtual worker located in any U.S. State or District of Columbia. Regular or periodic travel to your assigned work location may be required. Qualifications We Require * A PhD in a STEM field, with 5+ years of relevant experience in cybersecurity; or Master's STEM degree plus 9+ years relevant experience in cybersecurity; or Bachelor's STEM degree in relevant discipline plus 13+ of directly related experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the job * Two+ years of experience working with commercial cloud environments * Ability to travel as needed (approximately monthly, primarily to Livermore, CA; Albuquerque, NM; or Washington D.C.) * Ability to obtain and maintain US DOE Q clearance with SCI access Qualifications We Desire * Demonstrated technical and strategic leadership of large (50+ researcher) R&D project teams with evidence of sustained success negotiating and delivering on objectives * Demonstrated creativity and success in delivering innovative and novel solutions that are responsive to complex customer mission needs and constraints * Excellent interpersonal and time management skills with experience leading and engaging with diverse and geographically distributed teams * Strong oral and written communication skills and an ability to explain complex ideas clearly and concisely * Extensive familiarity with US Government civilian cyber mission partners (e.g. DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) * Recognized as an expert in the area of cloud cybersecurity with demonstrated technical leadership in cloud security space * Demonstrated success in developing junior team members and working through others * Demonstrated success working with and managing diverse and geographically dispersed teams * Active DOE Q clearance and SCI access About Our Team 8767 is the Secure Cloud Computing department which leads Cloud Cybersecurity R&D for federal civilian departments and agencies, with primary support to DHS/CISA. As an organization, we leverage deep understanding of cyber threats to enable secure adoption of cloud technologies and drive emerging research to counter unique cloud threats. Our staff do work across all classification levels and leverage broad expertise in computer networking, virtualization, and commercial cloud architecture; as well as keen awareness of sponsor needs and gaps. In our projects, we inform national policy and guidance to drive secure cloud adoption; and we design and engineer cross-government cloud analysis capabilities to support nation-scale intrusion detection and response. About Sandia Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs: * Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide * Extraordinary co-workers * Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world * Career advancement and enrichment opportunities * Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home) * Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance* World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov
*These benefits vary by job classification. Security Clearance Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access may be impacted. Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. EEO All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.