Lead Cyber Security Engineer, Software Reverse Engineering

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
August 6, 2022
Trenton, NJ
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is looking for a senior-level cyber security engineer with a passion and expertise in reverse engineering and a desire to define and drive projects with widespread impact on national security. This role seeks a staff member with experience in both software reverse engineering and leading teams in reverse engineering. Experience with non-x86 architectures is critical. The ideal candidate desires to take control of their career and help drive reverse engineering and security testing projects to success.


The Cyber Security Engineer Software Reverse Engineering designs, deploys, and operates systems, networks, applications, and tools underpinning cyber security and defense. Key roles and responsibilities of the position include:

  • Provides integration of hardware, software, and other components to solve operational challenges for cyber defenders.

  • Performs data and systems engineering functions to support cyber operations activities and systems.

  • Engineers and deploys security and defensive countermeasures and controls.

  • Ensures system security needed in operations are assessed, established, and included in design and development; executes security requirements definition, systems analysis, systems design, security hardening, security test and evaluation, and certification and accreditation.

  • Supports operational systems and performs vulnerability scanning, network, system security configuration, and other similar activities.

  • Designs and implements new approaches, methods, and techniques for cyber defense and resiliency for information technology and operational technology systems and networks.

The position may interface with external entities, including law enforcement, intelligence, and other government organizations and agencies.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA with 7 years of experience

  • MS/MA with 5 years of experience

  • PhD with 3 years ofexperience

Preferred Qualifications:

BS with 7+ years relevant experience in military space operations or acquisitions, or MS with 5 years of relevant experience. Examples of desired relevant experience include:

  • Familiarity with Ghidra and GDB

  • Working knowledge of multiple ISAs including x86, ARM, and MIPs

  • Proven knowledge of debuggers, disassemblers, and de-compilers

  • Understands the principles of program analysis techniques

  • The passion to find insecure coding practices within large code bases

  • Proven experience in performing software vulnerability analysis on IoT and SCADA devices and software.

  • Has knowledge of standard and nonstandard network communication protocols and cryptography

  • Performed reverse engineering of large binaries

  • Experience with obscure software liberties, compilers, and ISAs

  • Creating SBOMs

  • Linux devops

Other desired skills and experience include the following:

  • Familiarity with real-time operating systems such as VxWorx and real-time processors

  • Developed tools to accelerate software reverse engineering tasking

  • Understands the principles of performing hardware reverse engineering

  • Competed in Capture the Flag competitions or in other competitions where you are given reverse engineering and exploitation challenges

  • Published vulnerability reports and/or CVEs.

  • Experience establishing project vision, scope, and deliverables, leading teams, and constantly driving towards success.

  • Able to write detailed forward facing engineering reports

  • Demonstratable ability to handle multiple tasks on a single project

  • Must have demonstrated interpersonal skills and the ability to interface with clients and laboratory scientific staff and management.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not applicable.

Additional Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance with 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance positions are Testing Designated Positions, which means that the candidate selected is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 months can be demonstrated.

referral eligible

Testing Designated Position

This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). The candidate selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment and random drug testing for illegal drugs, including marijuana, consistent with the Controlled Substances Act and the PNNL Workplace Substance Abuse Program.

About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington Statethe dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Labs campus is only a 45-minute flight (or ~3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at [Click Here to Email Your Resumé].

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

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