Security Engineer/Senior Security Engineer

Cybersecurity Networking Directorate

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation's science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing one third of the Fortune 50® for more than 30 years by bringing industry, researchers and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.

NCSA is currently seeking two Security Engineer/Senior Security Engineers to work in an exciting environment at the intersection of R&D and real world security operations with one of the fastest computer networks in the world. Working in the NCSA's Cybersecurity Networking Directorate (CSND) with partners around the country, the incumbent will utilize security tools at scale, such as: Bro IDS, Qualys, Splunk, SSH auditor, and blackhole routers. With users and developers sitting across the hall, he or she will have a chance to make a direct impact each day with opportunities to work on both R&D and operational activities at NCSA.

NCSA is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to apply.

Key responsibilities

  • Ensure the security and integrity of NCSA systems according to NCSA policies and procedures by providing expertise to system operators on securely configuring systems and performing regular audits.
  • Independently research and make technical recommendations regarding NCSA's cybersecurity policies, practices, system development, architecture and posture.
  • Design, implement, and maintain the security and monitoring infrastructure operated by CSND.
  • Respond to security alerts and tickets as required.
  • Work to detect, investigate, mitigate and remediate digital intrusions and other incidents with cyber components.
  • Provide on-call and off-hours support as assigned; job duties may require working schedules that are outside of normal business hours.
  • Maintain currency in the activities and high impact issues of the computer security and incident response community by utilizing relevant training and conference opportunities and/or reading cybersecurity journals and periodicals.
  • Serve in an advisory role to Assistant Security Engineers, including guiding and assisting with project tasks, and assigning some project tasks.
  • May assign project tasks and monitor the work of students and interns.

Required education and experience

Security Engineer
  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in computer science or related field. Alternative degree fields will be considered if accompanied by equivalent experience (depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to current NCSA business needs).
  • 1 year professional/intern/volunteer or classroom experience installing, configuring, and administering UNIX-like servers.
  • 1 year professional/intern/volunteer or classroom experience using shell programming and/or a scripting language.
  • 1 year professional/intern/volunteer or classroom experience with at least one of these:
    • Network trace analysis (e.g. pcap)
    • System log analysis (e.g. syslog)
    • Network or system firewall management
Senior Security Engineer
  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in computer science or related field. Alternative degree fields will be considered if accompanied by equivalent experience (depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to current NCSA business needs).
  • 3+ years analyzing computer event logs (e.g. syslog) and network traces (e.g., pcap).
  • 3+ years using shell programming and/or a scripting language.
  • 3+ years installing, configuring, and administering UNIX-like servers.

Preferred experience

Security Engineer
  • Working in a high-performance data center.
  • Network administration or configuration experience.
  • Security certifications from SANS or similar organizations.
  • Using or deploying intrusion detection technologies, in particular, the Bro IDS.
  • Giving presentations to a technical audience, in particular, security training and education.
  • Part of an incident response team or performing digital forensics.
Senior Security Engineer
  • 2+ years in the area of computer/network security.
  • 2+ years installing, configuring, and administering UNIX-like servers using a centralized configuration management system (e.g., Puppet & Git).
  • 1+ years using Python in a production environment.

This is a regular academic professional position at NCSA and is an annually renewable, 12/12, 100%-time appointment with regular University benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and start date will be as soon as possible after the close date of the search. Applicants must possess required education and experience by start date of position. Interviews and hires may occur before the closing date; however, all applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration.

To apply, please create your candidate profile at jobs.illinois.edu and upload your cover letter and CV/resume by the close date, December 11, 2017. Contact information for three references must be included on the application (letters maybe also be uploaded or sent to the contact below). For full consideration, candidates must complete the Hiretouch application process by the above date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. Visit www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.

For further information regarding our application procedures, you may visit www.ncsa.illinois.edu or email NCSA-HR@illinois.edu.