Research Engineer, ISD

Job Description

Based on the foundation of the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology, Virginia Tech launched the Virginia Tech National Security Institute in September 2021. With a presence in Blacksburg and the Washington, D.C., metro area, the institute aspires to be the nation's preeminent academic organization at the nexus of interdisciplinary research, technology, policy, and talent development, the national security institute will advance national security in pursuit of a secure America.

Motivated Research Engineer applicants are sought to begin their careers in entry level research positions supporting rapid growth in VTNSI’s Intelligent Systems Division (ISD) which conducts research to address critical areas of national security in:
- Data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI)
- Cybersecurity and complex systems engineering
- Complex system validation and test and evaluation (T&E)
ISD brings together researchers from computer science, statistics, data science, machine learning, networks, signals processing, systems engineering, human factors, and other fields to develop interdisciplinary solutions to cutting-edge technological challenges. Applicants should have hands-on experience with tools germane to their research area.

Responsibilities include:
- Supporting research projects through the utilization of Linux, Git, algorithm design and analysis, data structures, programming languages (Python, C/C++, Java, Matlab), graphs, machine learning, networks, operating systems, databases, cryptography, access control and authentication, software testing, software or systems security, reverse engineering, malware analysis, and/or penetration testing.

The successful applicant will work as part of team-based research efforts, support the development of research proposals, and develop skills to assist in the documentation and presentation of research results to sponsors and academic communities.

VTNSI pays industry competitive salary and benefits within a university setting.

Required Qualifications

- US citizenship
- Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
- An earned Master's or Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, systems engineering, or related engineering discipline
- Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team in executing research projects.

Preferred Qualifications

- Active security clearance.
- Interest and/or experience working effectively with a diverse interdisciplinary team.
- Experience working in an academic environment.
- Experience executing on research and/or development programs supporting the federal government.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

$65,000 - 90,000

Review Date

May 1, 2023

Additional Information

Due to the nature of our work, all applicants must be US citizens and have the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact (insert name) at (insert email address) during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: April 19, 2023
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