Computing Security Developer

High Performance Computing Security Developer - 85656

Organization: NE-NERSC

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Berkeley Lab’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC, has an opening for a High Performance Computing (HPC) Security Developer. As an HPC Security Developer you will be involved in all aspects of computer and network security at the NERSC Center.  You will use your computer and programming skills to enhance network and host intrusion prevention as we migrate from 100G to Terabit networks.  You will create new methods to protect Exascale class systems in an open science environment and have opportunities to work with data analytics and researchers in a variety of scientific fields.

This position will be hired at a level 3 or 4 contingent upon level of experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.

What You Will Do:

• Serve as a core member of the NERSC Security Group performing varying security duties including threat awareness, proactive network traffic analysis, incident response, forensic analysis, and resolution of security incidents.

• As part of the security DevOps team program in C/C++ to automate security data collection and use machine learning algorithms to identify anomalies for investigation.

• Integrate knowledge of network protocols, services, threats, vulnerabilities, mitigation strategies, and hardware capabilities, with programming and scripting to build a security environment that reduces and mitigates risk while enabling our open science mission to succeed.

• Construct methods to examine a wide range of data including: Bro logs, NetFlow data, centralized syslog, and authentication logs to detect security incidents.

• Promote a strong security culture through technical security consulting with NERSC staff.

• On occasion, assist with security incidents outside of regular business hours as part of a 24/7 devops security team.

• Share your outstanding work through papers and presentations at various HPC and  security conferences.

Additional Responsibilities:

• Lead technical projects in one or more areas of intrusion detection, data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

• Understand complex systems and develop security models to mitigate significant risks while minimising effort on minor/theoretical risks.

• Design a security model that allows NERSC to support scientific work with sensitive data (export controlled, HIPAA, etc) while maintaining an open science security architecture.

• Lead the team in architecting the next-generation IDS system for NERSC to use with 400GE and 1TbE border connections.

What is Required: 

• Bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, management information systems, or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience and a minimum of 8 years of related experience in systems programming or cyber security (including college work).

• At least two years in the area of computer security in a dynamic, multi-platform networked environment, preferably in a high-performance computing or academic environment.

• Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to work highly collaboratively, requiring little direct supervision.

• Excellent oral, written and people skills.

• Expertise with firewalls, network intrusion detection systems, detecting compromised systems and securing Internet accessible production systems.

• Experience with UNIX system administration and systems programming.

• Ability to articulate the long-range vision of Security and Open Science used by NERSC.

• Ability to identify and implement security enhancements that will reduce risk to NERSC without interfering with the ability of our users to do science.

• Familiarity with basic statistical and data analysis concepts, and how they can be applied to workflow.

• Experience using Bro, an open-source network intrusion detection platform.

• Ability to formulate, organize, and present ideas in an effective manner. Develop proposals and clearly articulate.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

• A minimum of 12 years of experience in systems programming and cyber security.

• Capable of implementing a moderate enclave and maintaining export control compliance.

• Broad expertise with a respected reputation within the HPC and Security communities.

• Masters degree in computer science, computer engineering or related field.

• Minimum of 4 years programming in c or c++

• Demonstrated experience in system administration and/or network administration (design, implementation, and maintenance) - particularly relating to scale and automation issues.

• Experience with machine learning and Artificial Intelligence algorithms.

• Familiar with federated identity management in a large collaborative environment.

• Familiarity with DOE Office of Science research programs, and/or Research and Education networking communities in the US or abroad.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


• This is a full time career appointment.

• Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

• This position requires access to export control and security sensitive information. Therefore, the selected candidate for this position requires U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency.

• This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

• Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

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