Cyber Architect

Cyber Architect

Careers at the Applied Research Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University

WE Are

Located in the heart of Happy Valley, State College, PA, The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is an integral part of one of the leading research universities in the nation and serves as a University Center of Excellence in Defense science, systems, and technologies with a focus in naval missions and related areas. ARL is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; we believe this is central to our success as a Department of Defense designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are part of our workforce. We are searching for an experienced Cyber Architect to join our Cyber Security Department.

WE Offer

Employment at ARL includes many benefits and rewards, including:

• Professional Development

• Career Advancement Opportunities

• 75% Tuition Discount for you and your family

• Safe and Diverse Community

• College Sporting Event Mecca

• World-Class Entertainment Facilities and Events

• Cultural Events

• Good Public Education System

• Activities for All Stages of your Life

What YOU Will Do

You will assist in the coordination, design, evaluation, and submission of critical new and existing security services, controls, solutions, processes, procedures, tools, techniques, and technologies in direct support of research and development.

What YOU Need to be Successful

Education: A Bachelor's degree (Master's degree preferred) in Information Security, Information Technology, or Computer Science, plus eight years of relevant experience, is desired.

Preferred experience:

• RMF and certification and accreditation process supporting research and development

• Policy and procedure development

• Test plan creation directly supporting research and development

• Security plan development

• Plan of action and milestone development

• Training material development

• Risk assessment planning and preparation

• NIST/ISO standards, DoD directives, and regulatory requirements

• Definition and interpretation of audit requirements

Required experience/skills:

• Informational Technology and Cybersecurity operational and architectural design experience, with familiarity in security/event log auditing

• Vulnerability scanning and mitigation utilizing Tenable Security Center or similar tool

• Windows, Unix/Linux, and OSX operating system administration

• TCP/IP Network analysis and network/packet level examination tools such as tcpdump, Zenmap, or Wireshark

• Network monitoring tools such as Bro, Suricata, or Snort;

• SEIM management such as Splunk or similar tool

• VMware and management of Virtual Machines

• Firewall management and auditing

• Incident response handling

• Forensics

Preferred soft skills:

• Effective analytical and problem solving skills

• Excellent communication skills

• Efficient organizational, multitasking, and time management abilities

• An aptitude to work independently, as well as in diverse teams across multiple IT discipline

You will be subject to a government security investigation and you must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on other positions at ARL, visit our web site at

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CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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