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Cybersecurity Engineer

Carnegie Mellon University
Job Location:
Pittsburgh, 15213
Network/System Administrator

The goal of the CERT Cyber Mission Readiness (CMR) directorate is to ensure the United States and its partners are ready to thwart and counter adversarial aggression in cyberspace. To achieve this, we develop large-scale, hands-on exercises with advanced threat simulation; create smaller, on-demand exercises for targeted skills assessment; produce and facilitate tabletop exercises; develop and run cybersecurity competitions; and develop custom, open-source solutions to help customers fulfill their cyber mission. CMR works with government mission partners to identify and resolve gaps that hinder their ability to counter rapidly evolving adversary tactics in cyberspace.

CMR's core strength is our supportive and highly collaborative culture. Our team recognizes the importance of our mission: to ensure that our nation and mission partners have the tools and capabilities they need to neutralize threats in cyberspace. 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. Your intellectual curiosity and desire to learn new concepts and skills alongside your teammates is what we need most-attitude is everything! We provide numerous internal and external training and professional development opportunities for members of our team and learn from each other through cross-training and mentoring.

Position Summary:

As a member of CMR, you will work with other team members to develop and deliver cybersecurity readiness capabilities, programs, and software for US Government departments, agencies, and associated organizations. Although not essential, you will have opportunities to perform applied and, in some cases, fundamental research in the fields of cybersecurity, software engineering, and artificial intelligence.


  • BS with eight (8) years of applicable experience; OR MS with five (5) years of applicable; OR PhD with two (2) years of experience in Computer Science, Information Science, Engineering, Cybersecurity or related technical discipline
  • Willingness to travel to various locations in support of the SEI's overall mission. This includes within the SEI and CMU community, mission partner sites, conferences, and offsite meetings on occasion. Minimal travel (5-10%)
  • You will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance


  • Build and maintain cybersecurity platforms, in cloud service providers, using infrastructure as code and modern DevOps practices
  • Develop and deliver hands-on, cybersecurity exercises and labs for government mission partners
  • Collaborate and problem-solve with fellow team members
  • Collect project requirements and translate them into technical work
  • Define, create, and maintain technical solutions to support government cybersecurity programs
  • Work regularly with a wide range of software and hardware technologies
  • Develop software proofs of concept and prototypes

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Virtualization and cloud technologies (e.g., VMware vSphere, Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, etc.)
  • DevOps and automation technologies (e.g., Git, Docker, Kubernetes, Terraform, etc.)
  • Scripting (e.g., Bash, PowerShell, Python, etc.)
  • Strong understanding of cybersecurity fundamentals and best practices.

Specific topics may include:

  • Host and network hardening
  • Incident response
  • Digital forensics
  • Penetration testing
  • Effective technical problem solving
  • Strong oral and written communications

Desired Experience:

  • Hands-on experience with open-source and commercial security tools (e.g., Kali, Metasploit, Security Onion, Elastic Stack, etc.)
  • System administration of server and desktop platforms (e.g., Windows, Linux)
  • Network design, configuration, and troubleshooting (e.g., routers, switches, firewalls, proxies, etc.)
  • Programming (e.g., Python, C#, C, C++, TypeScript/Angular, Java, etc.)
  • Federal government experience involving information technology, cybersecurity, or management of large-scale government networks

Joining the CMU team opens the door to an array of exceptional benefits available to eligible employees.

Those employees who are benefits eligible have the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of advantages from comprehensive medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurance to an enticing retirement savings program offering a generous employer contribution. You can also unlock your potential with tuition benefits and take well-deserved breaks with ample paid time off and observed holidays. Finally, rest easy knowing you are covered by life and accidental death and disability insurance.

Other perks include a free Pittsburgh Regional Transit bus pass, our Family Concierge Team to help navigate childcare needs, fitness center access, and so much more!

For a comprehensive overview of the benefits that may be awaiting you, explore our Benefits page.

At Carnegie Mellon, we value the whole package when extending offers of employment. Beyond just credentials, we consider the role and responsibilities, your invaluable work experience, and the knowledge gained through education and training. We acknowledge and appreciate your unique skills and the diverse perspective you bring. Your journey with us is about more than just a job; it's about finding the perfect fit for your professional growth and personal aspirations.

Are you interested in an exciting opportunity with an exceptional organization?! Apply today!


Arlington, VA, Pittsburgh, PA

Job Function

Software/Applications Development/Engineering

Position Type

Staff - Regular

Full Time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis


More Information:

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  • Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

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