Security Solutions Engineer

Full Time
Pittsburgh, PA
Areas of Interest: Systems Security Architecture
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Carnegie Mellon University - Software Engineering Institute considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

What We Do: The CERT Situational Awareness group works with government customers to help them protect and defend their networks. We pioneer innovative ways to monitor and safeguard networked systems, and develop new ways of identifying and investigating network anomalies. We spend time observing real-world security operations teams, and help them improve how they do their jobs. Our work ranges in scope from the close-up investigation and examination of security data, to the assessment of large, enterprise-wide networks.

Position Summary: We research and develop ground breaking technical solutions for operational use in high-impact environments. Would you like to work at the forefront of network security?

As a member of the team you will be responsible for:

  • Providing strategic technical support to senior decision makers
  • Leading teams in the development of security architectures
  • Providing systems engineering, systems requirements development, technology evaluation and deployment guidance
  • Participating in technical efforts, including development and prototyping of new analysis techniques, tools, and platforms, preparation of analytic reports, and contributions to research publications
  • Becoming a respected domain expert by customers, commercial vendors, and the Internet community as a whole
  • Advancing the state of art of cybersecurity architectures


  • BS with ten (10) years or MS with eight (8) years or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Your concentration of study should be in computer science, software engineering, mathematics, or a related quantitative field of study in network operations, security operations, or network security research.
  • Willingness to travel to various locations to support the SEI’s overall mission. This includes within the SEI and CMU community, sponsor sites, conferences, and offsite meetings on occasion. Moderate Travel (20%)
  • You will be subject to a background check and will need to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Practical network security training (e.g. SANS GIAC Level 2 courses, GIAC Certifications, CCNP, CCIE Security, CISSP, CEH, CISM).
  • Experience working with the government, or within a critical infrastructure sector.
  • Developing briefing materials for senior leadership within government or industry.
  • Deploying or supporting large-scale network security monitoring infrastructures.

Desired Experience:

  • PhD in Computer Science or related discipline with two (2) years of experience in network operations, security operations, or network security research; or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Prior responsibility in leading a body of work consisting of numerous large scale projects and multiple customers/external sponsors.
  • History of contributions to the broader industry or research community and experience in a variety of network security areas.

Job Function Breakdown:

  • 75% Leads support to the customer program office in the areas of strategy; process/policies; requirements elicitation; design and architecture; operations; outreach; and training.
  • 15% Enable the transition and appropriate focus of NetSA analysis and engineering approaches and tools into operational environments.
  • 10% Design, prototype, and transition tactical analysis studies and tools appropriate for operational use in situational awareness.
  • 100% total effort


Our benefits philosophy encompasses three driving priorities: Choice, Control, and Well-being. Learn more at You can join an institution and inspire innovations that change the world.

Carnegie Mellon University is a welcoming workplace that considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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Software Engineering Institute

Leading and advancing software and cybersecurity to solve the nation's toughest problems. 

The SEI works closely with defense and government organizations, industry, and academia to continually improve software-intensive systems. Our core purpose is to help organizations improve their software engineering capabilities and to develop or acquire the right software, defect free, within budget and on time, every time. To accomplish this, the SEI 

- performs research to explore promising solutions to software engineering problems 

- identifies and codifies technological and methodological solutions 

- tests and refines the solutions through pilot programs that help industry and government solve their problems 

- widely disseminates proven solutions through training, licensing, and publication of best practices

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