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Principal Wireless Security Researcher

Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: January 19, 2023
Reference Code: 19033
Does a career focused on changing the world's energy future intrigue you? If so, we might have just the opportunity you're looking for!
Our team works an 9x80 schedule located at our facility with every other Friday off!
Responsibilities Include:
In response to the nation's challenge to develop and validate 5G security protocols and data protection technologies, Idaho National Laboratory has established the INL Wireless Security Institute (WSI). The Institute's mission is to lead and coordinate government, academic, and private industry research efforts fostering more secure and reliable 5G wireless technology. The institute draws on INL's extensive expertise and unique facilities that have been used for nearly two decades to analyze, design, test, and improve cellular, radio, and satellite communication systems for government agencies and global wireless communication companies.
  • The Communications & Modeling Department at Idaho National Laboratory is hiring for a principal researcher to support INL's Wireless Security Institute (WSI).
  • Working closely with the WSI director to identify research opportunities to support the WSI's mission.
  • Supporting ongoing activities related to research, analysis, assessment, programming, deployment, testing, and training on 5G cellular networks and other communications systems existing at the INL.
  • Leading research teams to identify and mitigate wireless (primarily 5G and beyond) security vulnerabilities.
Minimum Requirements:
  • PhD plus 6 years relevant experience
Preferred degree fields include Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications, Computer Engineering, and Computer Information Systems.
  • Deep understanding and hands-on validated experience with Linux operating systems and command line execution. Day-to-day hands-on exposure within the Linux environment should require minimal reference to book or online sources.
  • Hands-on shown experience, with minimal reference to other sources, programming and scripting with Python and C/C+.
  • Skill to automate tasks, build and troubleshoot scripts and programs; build, and perform testing on tools and methods.
  • Must have exposure to and understanding of packet analysis, malware, exploits, and general Red Team related functions.
  • Must have prior research lead experience focused in wireless security research.
  • Proven track record identifying activities and lead research activities resulting in technical presentations and publication in reputable wireless security conferences and publications.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy "Q" clearance, which requires US Citizenship.
Job Information
  • Salary Grade 240 ($139,488 - $237,144)/250 ($160,440 - $272,724)
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • TDP: This is a testing designated position; you will be required to submit to a pre-employment drug screen and periodic drug testing throughout the term of your employment.
  • Multi-Level: This is a multi-level posting and the selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent on depth and breadth of proven experience and skills.
INL Overview:
INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.
INL Mission:
Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
INL Vision:
Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.
Selective Service Requirements:
To be eligible for employment at INL men born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
INL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide EEO to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Reasonable Accommodation:
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Other Information:
When applying to positions please provide your resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.
INL does not accept resumes from third party vendors unsolicited.
Benefits & Salary:
We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and a phenomenal benefits package. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview


About this Employer

Part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s complex of national laboratories, INL performs work in each of the strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science & environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research & development.