$150K — $200K *
RAND advises a variety of national security clients on decisions and topics relating to cyber capabilities, strategy and policy. Individuals who fill the position of Senior Technical Cyber Researcher at RAND are expected to bring their technical expertise and insights to bear on a wide range of problems across RAND's security research areas. RAND projects often pose novel challenges in areas such as cyber strategy and operations; information security; privacy; data mining and data science; and, software-related engineering. Senior technical researchers lead research project teams that conducting analyses such as vulnerability and threat analysis, modeling and simulation, data and information flow mapping, quantitative risk analysis, and network analysis. These researchers apply quantitative and qualitative skills to analyze policy problems of national and international importance related to the cyber environment, and communicate the results of these analyses to decision-makers. Importantly, these research leaders also bring their experience and deep knowledge of national security cyber communities to inform their work.
For this position, RAND is seeking to hire an experienced expert in all aspects of the national security cyber mission. Responsibilities include leading research related to national security cyber challenges and supporting and providing strategic and conceptual support and advice to senior leaders in a variety of Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, Homeland Security, and Justice organizations.
All research positions at RAND require excellent analytic skills; the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing; the ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team; and a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity.
In addition, senior research positions require the ability to mentor and develop junior staff members, lead and direct multi-disciplinary teams, set project standards and monitor progress, engage with sponsors, and communicate interim and final results to the RAND community and to policy-making audiences.
Successful applications will have strong and relevant educational and training credentials/certifications as well as technical, operational, and analytic experience in government or industry cyber activities. Specifically, RAND seeks applicants with experience in national security cyber operations, strategy, and analysis.
MA/MS/M. Eng in computer science, engineering, mathematics, data science, or a scientific/technical field relevant to cyber missions is required. A PhD in a relevant field is strongly preferred. Relevant technical certifications in programming or cyber security are encouraged.
Applicants should have at least ten years of relevant cyber, information security, and/or similar technical cyber-related experience in the U.S. government with a record of progressively increasing responsibility and understanding of cyber technical challenges in the national security environment.
Example specializations of interest include:
A security clearance is required for this position and candidates must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. An active Top Secret/SCI clearance are strongly preferred.
Writing Sample Required
A writing sample is required for this position.
Valid through: 12/8/2020