Science and Technology on a Mission!
For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.
We have an opening for an experienced computer scientist with a background in machine learning for cybersecurity applications. You will provide subject matter expertise and leadership to research projects in cybersecurity for critical infrastructure systems and civilian networks. You will participate in strategy and business development for the Cyber and Infrastructure Resilience (CIR) program in the Global Security (GS) Principal Associate Directorate. This position is programmatically in GS’s E Program and administratively will report to the payroll supervisor of the hiring organization.
This position will be filled at either the SES.4 or SES.5 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
- Lead and support a diverse range of advanced research projects requiring in-depth analysis and creative use of innovative methods in machine learning and data analytics for cyber threat detection in operational technology (OT) environments, partnering with senior management and organizations across the Laboratory.
- Responsible for ensuring the growth of existing and development of new machine learning and data analytics capabilities at LLNL.
- Provide subject matter expertise in informing development of new algorithms and identifying data sets that can be used for cyber threat detection in OT environments.
- Identify new opportunities and applications of LLNL’s data analytics capabilities and help create vision and technical direction for existing work in the area under the consultative direction of leadership.
- Develop new program growth opportunities through interaction with existing and potential sponsors and the development of research proposals.
- Identify, define and determine scope of highly complex data analytics problems in cybersecurity domain.
- Develop cross-domain strategies for increased network security and resiliency of critical infrastructure, partnering with researchers in other disciplines.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition, at the SES.5 Level
- Guide and provide scientific and technical direction for a portfolio of highly complex technical tasks and projects that consistently require the application of creativity and innovation; set broad research/project vision and strategy and influence technical direction for Laboratory, self and/or others wielding extensive influence with senior management and policy makes.
- Provide highly innovative solutions to abstract complex problems/ideas, convert them into useable algorithms/software modules, and provide solutions that require in-depth analysis of multiple factors and the creative use of established methods.
- Responsible for high-level goal setting, strategic planning, directing and accomplishing project/program goals and objectives significantly impacting major Laboratory programs and contributing to the revolutionary advancement of knowledge.
- Master’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, or related field or the equivalent combination of education and significant related experience.
- Expert experience in Python, C++, or C.
- Highly advanced experience implementing a deep learning workflow using one or more of the following frameworks: Theano, TensorFlow, PyTorch, or Keras.
- Subject matter expert experience in applying algorithms in one or more of the following Machine Learning areas: deep learning, unsupervised feature learning, ensemble methods, probabilistic graphical models.
- Significant experience or understanding of network protocols: DNS, HTTPS.
- Expert knowledge and/or experience of computer vulnerabilities such as buffer overflows, code injection, format string, etc.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively lead teams and create technical direction and vision, write research proposals and secure sponsor funding.
- Expert ability to communicate comprehensive knowledge effectively across multi-disciplinary teams and to non-cyber experts and proficient interpersonal skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment.
In Addition, at the SES.5 Level
- Expert knowledge of state-of-the-art technologies in machine learning and deep learning algorithms.
- Extensive experience and demonstrated ability to plan the integration and implementation of new programs and/or operational best practices.
- Extensive project leadership experience and demonstrated ability to apply, lead and develop cutting-edge principles and research, work independently while effectively managing concurrent technical tasks with competing priorities.
- PhD in computer science, computer engineering or related field and several years of experience, or the equivalent of education and significant related experience.
- Significant experience in systems engineering, including practical experience in critical infrastructure cybersecurity. Knowledge of one or more of the following computer science disciplines: embedded systems, systems programming, software engineering, parallel programming and high performance computing. Significant experience with full-stack software development.
- Demonstrated ability to secure sponsor funding through winning proposals and sponsor relationships. Previous experience working Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense or utility company.
Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.
Security Clearance: This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.
If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.
Note: This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 employees.
LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.