Cybersecurity PhD Intern

Ashburn, VA, United States

Company Description

Visa is a world leader in digital payments, facilitating more than 215 billion payments transactions between consumers, merchants, financial institutions and government entities across more than 200 countries and territories each year. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, convenient, reliable and secure payments network, enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive.

When you join Visa, you join a culture of purpose and belonging – where your growth is priority, your identity is embraced, and the work you do matters. We believe that economies that include everyone everywhere, uplift everyone everywhere. Your work will have a direct impact on billions of people around the world – helping unlock financial access to enable the future of money movement.

Join Visa: A Network Working for Everyone.

Job Description

Visa Cybersecurity Architecture & Product Engineering team is looking for an intern focusing on the research and development of security analytics solutions.  As a Research Scientist intern you will work with Visa's world-class cybersecurity teams on emerging security challenges to deliver innovative security solutions as well as insights to Visa Cybersecurity's AI strategy. You will work on research and development activities with cutting-edge security technologies, vast amount of real-world data, and multiple mission-critical security operations/engineering teams to build technologies that protect billions of transactions happening all over the world.


This role represents an exciting opportunity to make key contributions to Visa's strategic vision as the world-leading digital payments company. The successful candidate must have a strong academic track record in applied research.  The candidate will be a self-starter comfortable with ambiguity, with strong interest in security technologies, and excellent collaboration skills.

Job duties and projects may include:

  • Threat modeling/analysis for AIAAS and other emerging AI scenarios

  • Automated bot protection

  • Account Take Over (ATO) protection

  • Biometrics

  • Adversarial attacks and Defense mechanisms for Authentication Systems

  • AI-aided security incident triaging and response

  • Big data analytics and its application in threat detection and other cybersecurity topics.

  • Present and demo the research solutions to a committee on the regular basis


This is a hybrid position. Hybrid employees can alternate time between both remote and office. Employees in hybrid roles are expected to work from the office 2-3 set days a week (determined by leadership/site), with a general guidepost of being in the office 50% or more of the time based on business needs.


Basic Qualifications

• Pursuing a PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, CIS/MIS, Data Science, Cybersecurity or a related field, graduating December 2023 or later
• Strong communications skills, specifically, the absence of repeated grammatical or typographical errors, clear and concise written and spoken communications, and communications that demonstrate professional judgment.

Preferred Qualifications
• Genuine interest in cyber security and applied research
• Research experience in one or more research areas related to systems security, machine learning, and big data platforms.
• Good analytical and problem-solving skills
• Strong research and/or engineering experience track record
• Highly driven, resourceful and results oriented
• Proficient model implementation and data wrangling skills.
• Hands-on experience and/or academic background translating problem statements into corresponding solution design, infrastructure, or workflow needs
• Demonstrated ability to lead and navigate through ambiguity

Additional Information

Work Hours: Varies upon the needs of the department.

Travel Requirements: This position requires travel 5-10% of the time.

Mental/Physical Requirements: This position will be performed in an office setting.  The position will require the incumbent to sit and stand at a desk, communicate in person and by telephone, frequently operate standard office equipment, such as telephones and computers.

Visa is an EEO Employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.  Visa will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with EEOC guidelines and applicable local law.

Visa will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable local law, including the requirements of Article 49 of the San Francisco Police Code.

U.S. APPLICANTS ONLY: The estimated salary range for a new hire into this position is $46/hr to $52/hr , which may include potential sales incentive payments (if applicable). Salary may vary depending on job-related factors which may include knowledge, skills, experience, and location. In addition, this position may be eligible for bonus and equity. Visa has a comprehensive benefits package for which this position may be eligible that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, 401 (k), FSA/HSA, Life Insurance, Paid Time Off, and Wellness Program.

Tags: Analytics Big Data Computer Science Machine Learning PhD Strategy Threat detection

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Region: North America
Country: United States
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