Research Engineer, Center for Cyber Innovation

Mississippi, United States
30 May 2019
End of advertisement period
30 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

POSITION TYPE: Full-Time 12-Month
DEPARTMENT: 193002 - Center for Cyber Innovation
LOCATION: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
CATEGORIES: Professional

Salary Grade/Minimum Salary:

16/ Minimum: 57,700

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The research is about an automatic and model based Intrusion Detection and Response System, following the Monitor, Analyze, Plan, Execute, Knowledge (MAPE-K) framework for autonomic systems. The main objective of this project is the realization of a model-based and automatically deployable protection system that operates (i) as a Security Information and Event Management (providing therefore detection capabilities and correlation functionalities on the streams of events produced by Intrusion Detection Systems, System and Application Logs, AntiVirus) and (ii) as an automated decision maker for planning the optimal defense strategy to apply on the system once a threat is detected. In order to execute concrete defense operations on the system we plan to leverage, among the others, state-of-the-art technologies such as Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualization. The project will span several areas of research including, among the others: cyber-security, software and systems (meta)modeling and engineering, machine learning and reinforcement learning, big data, game theory, software defined networks, high performance and cloud computing.

Minimum Qualifications:

B.S. in engineering or computer science; Two years of professional experience in a related area, requires two years at previous level or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications;

  • Earned doctorate in computer science with a focus in cyber security.  
  • Experience in working with Autonomic Systems
  • Experience working with ERDC Projects

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • Occasional and/or light lifting required.  Limited exposure to elements such as heat, cold, noise, dust, dirt, chemicals, etc., but none to the point of being disagreeable.  May involve minor safety hazards where likely result would be cuts, bruises, etc.
  • Routine deadlines, usually sufficient lead time; variance in work volume predictable; priorities can be anticipated; some interruptions are present; involves occasional exposure to demands and pressure from persons other than immediate supervisor.
  • Job frequently requires standing, walking, climbing or balancing, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling and lifting up to 50 pounds.
  • Vision requirements:  Ability to see information in print and/or electronically, ability to distinguish colors.

Instructions for Applying:

Apply online and submit a cover letter, resume, transcript(s), and two (2) letters of recommendation. Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online. For additional information contact Kim Schmidt at

Restricted Clause:

Position contingent upon funding availability.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

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