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Digital Systems Security Architect (Experienced)

Livermore, CA 94550
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Are you interested in developing the next generation cyber secure digital systems for national security? Do you have a digital design background with an eye for security and quality assurance? Are you interested in partnering with cyber security researchers across the laboratories and system design teams to build a Nuclear-Deterrent-centric cyber program?

If so, the Digital Systems Security team has multiple openings for highly motivated and systems-level minded hardware/embedded security researchers (R&D S&E, Cybersecurity) passionate about securing and designing digital systems for the national security mission.

Come join our team and make a national impact!

On any given day, you may be called on to:

+ Help enact a new vision for designing and implementing digital systems security
+ Lead system-level security risk assessment and provide vulnerability remediation guidance and recommendations
+ Architect, design, and validate hardware security implementations of digital systems
+ Identify and present innovative security solutions for the systems, design, and engineering team
+ Participate in technical design reviews and provide clear feedback and actionable solutions
+ Conduct threat assessment and red-teaming exercises
+ Be an authority of security best practices and serve as a security subject matter expert for the design teams
+ Gather, organize and present information requested for internal and external security data calls.
+ Be an authority of security design best practices and serve as a security subject matter expert for design and engineering teams
+ Work closely with Nuclear Deterrent systems designers, digital assurance specialist and cybersecurity researchers to create secure product designs


+ Master's degree in related subject plus 4 or more years of relevant experience; or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience
+ Demonstrated experience in design for cyber-secure systems
+ Previous experience in electronics design, preferably hardware and embedded systems security
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance


+ Degree(s) in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Computer Engineering or related subject
+ Experience in hardware design & security, applied cryptography, vulnerability assessment, security threat models, risk assessment, systems engineering
+ Knowledge and experience of DOE/NNSA cyber security orders and policies; relevant federal and private standards and requirements (e.g., NIST, ISO, CNSS, STIGS) with working knowledge of risk management frameworks
+ The ability to approach and create cyber-secured design from a holistic systems perspective, but still sweat the details of individual components
+ A focus on digital design with an eye for security and compliance quality assurance
+ Experience in architecting systems-level secure and reliable systems, and knowledgeable in secure design principles and digital assurance principles.
+ Have offensive security mindset
+ Well-developed leadership skills with the ability to prioritize and execute in a disciplined and focused manner
+ Active DOE Q security clearance

Department Description:

The Cyber Risk & Enterprise Security department focuses on two primary functions for the laboratories. The department is the home of the Nuclear Deterrent Digital Systems Security team and Sandia National Laboratories California Enterprise Cyber Security team.

The Nuclear Deterrent Digital Systems Security team provides digital-system security expertise and analysis for Nuclear Deterrent (ND) system and component design, verification, and assessment. We partner with ND programs to assure digital specification, verification, and reliability considerations are well informed regarding cyber security issues and risks. Staff serve as local domain experts for SNL/CA ND systems and components organizations. We conduct research and develop digital-security methods and tools for ND applications, with an emphasis on embedded systems. We partner with external cybersecurity experts and internal cyber organizations across the laboratory to remain cognizant of and contribute to cutting edge digital security research.

The Sandia California Enterprise Cyber Security team is responsible for Sandia California's network security operations, the network security architecture, and information & cyber security research. The department performs research in all areas of cyber defense, vulnerability analyses of networks and networked systems, vulnerability scanning, intrusion detection, incident response, computer and network forensics, counterintelligence technical support, and consulting services to other organizations with information security concerns. The team partners with various organizations across the laboratories and external stakeholders to ensure the protection of Sandias information and assets.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nations premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

+ Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
+ Extraordinary co-workers
+ Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
+ Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
+ Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

_World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers._ Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2020-08-11 Expires: 2020-10-12

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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