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Lead Cyber Researcher



United States · Remote
Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2024

The evolving Cyber landscape requires research and development of emerging technologies to imagine the future state of the art of CNO capabilities that advance the Cyber mission.

The Leidos Office of Technology supporting the Cyber & Analytics Business Area (CABA) is seeking an enthusiastic Cyber Researcher & Developer to join a diverse team of researchers contributing to an internal research and development portfolio focused on CNO.

The successful candidate will leverage their expertise in the areas of Vulnerability Research, Reverse Engineering, Software and Hardware Engineering, AI/ML, and/or Advanced Networking to solve some of the most challenging problems in the Cyber domain.

This role will support the growth of Cyber for Leidos and CABA and requires an individual who can effectively contribute to various projects, develop proof of concepts, and contribute to/lead demonstrations.

**This position allows for remote work, but the ideal candidate will be able to work partially onsite in Reston, VA or Columbia, MD**

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Reverse Engineering and Vulnerability Research.
  • Researching novel hardware or software based CNO capabilities.
  • Applying knowledge of security concepts and networks.
  • Exploring systems to devise new features, vulnerabilities, and techniques.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or Electrical Engineering with 4+ years of relevant work experience focused on low-level development and CNO.
  • US Citizen with an active TS Security Clearance and willingness and ability to upgrade to TS/SCI with Poly.

Experience in at least three of the following:

  • System-level programming or development of embedded systems.
  • Proficiency in C/C++ and Assembly for x86, PowerPC, MIPS, or ARM.
  • Expertise in reverse engineering hardware, firmware, and software.
  • Experience utilizing Ghidra, IDA Pro, Radare, Rizin, or Binary Ninja.
  • Experience in vulnerability research and the application of fuzzing tools.
  • Knowledge of network programming and protocols.
  • Scripting experience with Python, Ruby, or JavaScript to generate and demonstrate prototypes and proof of concepts.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • TS/SCI with Poly Security Clearance.
  • Familiarity with various Linux distributions, Real-Time Operating Systems (e.g., VxWorks, Integrity, QNX) or POSIX compliant Operating Systems like Solaris or BSD.
  • Experience using commercial or open-source signal and protocol analyzers.
  • Familiarity with advanced networking concepts and communications systems.
  • Experience with network test equipment i.e., Spirent/Ixia/Xena.
  • Understanding of platform virtualization and emulation.
  • Knowledge of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning concepts.

Original Posting Date:


While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $81,250.00 - $146,875.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.