Computer Scientist / Engineer (Vulnerability Research)

Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Requisition Id 12462 



As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,000 people! Our vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation.

We are seeking a Computer Scientist or Engineer with a focus on Vulnerability Research who will support the Cyber Resilience and Intelligence Division in the National Security Science Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Support national security agendas as they relate to the identification and mitigation of software vulnerabilities used in defense, energy, and critical infrastructure assets.
  • Research, develop and improve tools and techniques used to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities in critical systems.
  • Maintain awareness and understanding of cyber security research and events.
  • Contribute material to reports generated for project sponsors.
  • Assist in the development of research proposals related vulnerability science.
  • Promote ORNL/partners cyber security research and development capabilities as they apply to the national security community.
  • Present material and provide advice to technical audiences, leadership and sponsors on cyber security issues, research, and programs.
  • Identify and articulate ORNL capabilities and customer requirements to internal and external technical audiences, leadership, and sponsors.
  • Deliver ORNL's mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace - in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


All team members deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, or related field and a fundamental understanding of cyber security principles, tools, and operational applications.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current experience writing software. Most relevant languages: C, C++, Python, and Java.
  • Basic binary literacy is important. This includes understanding how software is architected, language characteristics, binary formats, and operating systems.
  • Familiarity with static and dynamic binary analysis techniques (e.g., fuzzing) and reverse engineering (e.g., Ghidra or Ida Pro).
  • Experience auditing source code and disassembly a plus.
  • Familiarity with embedded systems preferred.
  • Prior use and familiarity with web or network related tools, e.g., burpsuite and wireshark a plus.
  • Demonstrated desire and ability to acquire new knowledge and learn new skills.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to develop plans to address complex problems, be proactive, work independently, and contribute to a larger team.
  • Participation in capture-the-flag events, or cyber challenge events a plus.
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


Special Requirements


Visa Sponsorship:

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


Q clearance with SCI: 

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Compartmented Information (SCI) clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.  In addition, due the SCI, you may also be subject to random polygraph testing.  


Benefits at ORNL:  

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.

Other benefits include the following: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.

If you have difficulty using the online application system or need an accommodation to apply due to a disability, please email: or call 1.866.963.9545.







This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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