Senior Cyber Readiness Software Developer

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SEI - Carnegie Mellon University

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What We Do 

The CERT Cyber Mission Readiness (CMR) directorate strengthens the U.S. and its partners against cyber threats. We devise large and small-scale exercises, coordinate tabletop scenarios, orchestrate cybersecurity contests, and engineer open-source tools to enhance cyber defense capabilities. Actively partnering with sponsors, CMR pinpoints and mitigates vulnerabilities to advanced cyber adversaries. 

Central to CMR is a culture of collaboration and dedication. Determined to equip our nation and allies with the cyber tools necessary, we invite tech-savvy individuals passionate about software development and eager to work in a team-centric environment. An attitude of innovation, paired with a continuous learning mindset, is essential. We champion professional advancement through intensive training, mentorship, and collaborative learning. 

The Operational Readiness and Evaluation (ORE) team, an integral part of the CMR directorate, reinforces the Cyber Workforce's defense strategies. In alliance with SEI teams and governmental entities, we gauge operational prowess against set standards, molding strategies to assure mission success. Using cutting-edge simulation technology, we produce immersive virtual training environments and devise complex software-driven scenarios, aiming for cyber excellence. 

ORE emphasizes a cohesive and forward-thinking culture. Intent on advancing the national cybersecurity workforce, we welcome individuals enthusiastic about technology, teamwork, and perpetual learning. Our core values are rooted in in-depth training, mentoring, and knowledge exchange. 

Position Summary 

Embark on a transformative role within the Operational Readiness and Evaluation (ORE) team of the CERT Cyber Mission Readiness (CMR) directorate. We're targeting software-savvy professionals with a knack for developing advanced cyber operational readiness applications and tools. If you have a penchant for addressing intricate challenges with state-of-the-art software solutions and value teamwork, this is your calling. Your proficiency in software development and understanding of modern programming paradigms will be pivotal in advancing our mission. Collaborate with us and immerse yourself in a culture that cherishes innovation, commitment, and perpetual learning. 


  • BS in Computer Science or related fields with 10 years of applicable experience; MS with 10 years; PhD with 7 years; or equivalent training/experience. 
  • Willingness to travel up to 25%, including international destinations, in support of SEI's initiatives. 
  • Must undergo a background check and qualify for a Department of Defense security clearance. 


  • Collaborate seamlessly with team members. 
  • Grasp client challenges. 
  • Define software requirements and set development goals. 
  • Engineer scenario-driven software simulations. 
  • Develop, test, and deploy software applications tailored for cybersecurity simulations, training modules, and competitions. 
  • Regularly engage with diverse software technologies and platforms. 
  • Design and maintain software solutions aligning with government cyberspace directives. 
  • Overcome challenges in software-driven learning and human-machine collaboration. 
  • Prototype software tools and events. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Joining ORE offers an opportunity to refine your software skills. While prior experience with the following is beneficial, it's not obligatory: 
  • Effective communication. 
  • Cybersecurity principles. 
  • Problem-solving in software development. 
  • Self-motivated and driven to achieve required solutions.  
  • Proficiency in multiple programming languages and development frameworks. 
  • Familiarity with modern software platforms, from web development, databases, to machine learning systems. 

Desired Experience: 

  • Roles in government/military involving software development, IT, and cybersecurity. 


Our benefits philosophy encompasses three driving priorities: Choice, Control, and Well-being. Learn more at You can join an institution and inspire innovations that change the world. 


Arlington, VA, Pittsburgh, PA, Remote

Job Function

Software/Applications Development/Engineering

Position Type

Staff – Regular

Full time/Part time

Full time

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  • Please visit “Why Carnegie Mellon” to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world. 

  • Click here to view a listing of employee benefits

  • Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran. 

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