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Research Assistant

Post date:
November 21, 2012

The Cebrowski Institute requires a full time research assistant to support various projects.  

Duties:
  • Gather and analyze data
  • Track long-term projects using analytical skills
  • Create charts, graphs illustrating status and progress of various aspects of individual projects, and interrelatedness between projects
  • Identify problems, define issues and support project leads
  • Contribute ideas and solutions
  • Research, write, and edit various items for different projects


    Necessary Skills:

  • Capable of prioritizing and managing different tasks for different projects
  • Ability to work with Mac operating systems/devices
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft products
  • Work in a busy team environment
Duties and tasks are subject to change to meet the changing needs of the researcher/project.  Qualification will be based on education, experience and knowledge of the duties.

Education: Must possess a bachelor’s degree.

POC: Sue Higgins
 slhiggin@nps.edu.



Research Assistant-Information Technology

Post date:
November 9, 2012

The Cebrowski Institute requires a full time research assistant to work with an information technology subject matter expert.  

Duties:
  • Strong knowledge of content management systems, including Rhythmyx
  • Setup technical equipment and troubleshoot difficulties
  • Updating, tracking and managing new software/hardware
  • Ability to create, develop, design and manage data and print material
  • Work in a team environment and able to contribute ideas and solutions
  • Develops, directs, manages, and executes all aspects of web services for researcher and project team
  • Capable of managing different tasks at a moments’ notice
  • Ability to work with Mac operating systems/devices
  • Familiarity with NPS guidelines and procedures
Duties and tasks are subject to change to meet the changing needs of the researcher/ department/ project.  Qualification will be based on education, experience and knowledge on the duties.  

Education: Must possess a bachelor’s degree in computer-related field such as computer science or computer engineering and 2 years of relevant experience.

POC: Sue Higgins
 slhiggin@nps.edu.




Cellular Subject Matter Expert Position 

Post date: October 11, 2012

The Cebrowski Institute requires the part-time support of a subject matter expert in the domain of Cellular Technologies and the operations of a cellular service provider. The position requires the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • An advanced degree in business administration (minimum MBA). Further advanced degrees, particularly in technical fields, is a plus
  • Software design and implementation experience (minimum two-years experience with software systems), particularly in the field of wireless or cellular systems software
  • Technical proficiency with the integration and operation of a cellular core network, particularly supporting small, dispersed organizations
  • Expertise in acquiring roaming agreements allowing for leveraging of existing cellular infrastructure
  • At least three years experience overseeing the operation of a Mobile Virtual Network Operator or Mobile Network Operator organization
  • Experience utilizing cost management systems, such as TEM
  • Understanding of DoD organization, information security concerns, and tactical user requirements

The successful candidate will provide the following support to the Military Wireless Communications Research Group:

  • Participate in the development of technical documents and proposals
  • Guide students in Master of Science and PhD level research relevant to wireless or cellular communications
  • Assist in the planning and execution of technical exchange meetings pertinent to tactical wireless systems or communications support to emergency personnel, such as fire, police, and emergency medical technicians


The position is intermittent, the level of effort dependent upon fund availability. Total number of days is not expected to exceed 120 per year. Some travel may be required. Provision for telework will be considered.



Research Support Lead, Digital Forensics

Post date: May 4, 2012

The Naval Postgraduate School’s National Capital Region office is seeking a qualified digital forensics specialist to help support our growing research program in digital forensics. The successful candidate will have knowledge of MacOS, Windows and Linux systems and be familiar with a range of digital forensics technologies, including Access Data’s FTK Software, Guidance Software’s EnCase, and the open source Sleuth Kit. Applicants should have experience writing scripts in Python and be able to read, understand and make limited modifications to programs in C and C++.

The applicant should posses a Master’s degree in computer science or a related field.

Location: Arlington VA.

Applicant must be a US citizen and have an active TOP SECRET clearance or current investigation.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; application review will start on May 26.

Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, and two references to slgarfin@nps.edu.

The Naval Postgraduate School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Digital Forensics Research Scientist

Post date: May 4, 2012

The Naval Postgraduate School’s National Capital Region office is seeking a qualified research scientist to oversee and be actively involved in our advanced digital forensics research program. The work location will be our NPS-NCR facility in Arlington VA. Areas of research include: developing new approaches for bulk data analysis and cross-media correlation; reverse engineering data structures and file systems; assisting in the management of the NPS Real Data Corpus; and outreach efforts to federal, state and local governments. The applicant must posses a PhD in digital forensics, computer science, or a related field. Applicant must be a US citizen and have an active TOP SECRET clearance or investigation.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; application review will start on June 1.



Computer Forensics Laboratory Manager(s), Naval Postgraduate School

Location: Arlington, VA  
Duties: The Computer Forensics Laboratory Manager is responsible for supporting faculty, research scientists and graduate students. Responsible for managing a corpus of disk images, memory image and network packets that is currently 30TB in size. 

Duties include:

  • ingesting new media that is received from our contractors; 
  • maintaining order in the database; 
  • assuring that data is replicated to our remote sites; 
  • copying data to hard drives for distribution to our research partners; 
  • monitoring who gets which information
  • handling data recalls.
  • supporting access to the corpus from our servers and workstations over both local and remote network connections.

The Laboratory Manager and IT Manager is also responsible for managing the installation, updates, and maintenance of our computer forensic tools and research computer systems. This includes traditional computer support and maintenance (ordering, installations, upgrades, and trouble shooting), as well as system administration and trouble-shooting.  Technologies that we use include three MacPro servers MacOS 10.7, three Dell R510 servers running Fedora Core 16, a single Windows Server 2008, 10Gig Ethernet, 120TV of storage on a fibre channel cluster, six Apple workstations and six Windows workstations.

This position offers substantial opportunities for training, direct involvement in research and advancement. 

Qualifications: Familiarity with the operation and administration of Macintosh, Windows and Linux computers, including account management, network management, and downloading, configuring and installation open source software. The successful candidate will understand LDAP, SMTP, SSH, Mailman, LaTeX and Subversion.  Candidates must be able to obtain a DOD TS/SCI clearance.

Education: A bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field such as computer science or computer engineering, with demonstrated experience.  A master’s degree or PhD in computer science is preferred.


Research Associate/Computer Forensics

Locations: Arlington, VA 
Employee Type: Full Time with benefits
Industry: Government 

We are seeking a Post-doctoral Research Associate to join the Digital Evaluation and Exploitation Laboratory, which is investigating fundamental improvements to computer forensics algorithms and tools. The DEEP Laboratory currently receives funding from a variety of sources within the US Government Departments of Defense, Justice and Commerce.

In some cases we will be willing to accept applications without a doctorate, provided that the deficiency is made up with adequate industry experience.

This position will be an integral part of the research team interacting with multiple government agencies and other universities. The successful candidate will contribute to low-level aspects of computer forensics development and design, including the analysis of stored data, memory analysis, network forensics, and corpus management. Applicants should be familiar with software design, reverse engineering, data mining, and programming.

The DEEP Laboratory currently has more than 50TB of computer forensic data. As such, significant effort is required to parallelize current forensics approaches and tools. Much of this work will be done on Hamming, a cluster at NPS consisting of more than 1500 cores with more than 2TB of RAM. Applicants should have some familiarity with high performance computing and parallelism.

Candidates must be able to provide evidence of relevant work demonstrated by a research publication track record or industry experience. Good interpersonal and organizational skills and the ability to be self-directed are also essential. This post is intended to be filled as soon as practically possible.

Applications should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief statement of the particular contribution you would make to the project.
  • A research paper.

Professor of Practice, Information Innovation in Military and Security Affairs

Position Description/Overall Goal:  Subject matter expertise for current and emerging research projects related to the information revolution in military and security affairs.

Expertise in:

  • Generating information strategies, tactics and/or technologies used in military and security organizations.
  • Working with leaders and community networks to bring new ideas into practice.

Significant experience:

  • Working with US military in uniformed, government civilian and/or consultant capacity.
  • Bridging civilian and military organizations
  • Working with DARPA and ONR

Incumbent will:

  • Work closely with Research Institute Director and/or project leaders
  • Participate in workshops, symposia and brainstorming meetings focused on interpreting the strategic and tactical implications of the information revolution
  • Provide guidance on start-up research projects that generate working prototypes of new technologies and practices in information innovation
  • Serve as advisor for student theses.

Computer Forensics Laboratory Manager(s), Naval Postgraduate School

Locations: Arlington, VA  and  Monterey, CA  (openings at both locations) Duties: The Computer Forensics Laboratory Manager is responsible for supporting faculty, research scientists and graduate students. Responsible for managing a corpus of disk images, memory image and network packets that is currently 30TB in size. 

Duties include:

  • ingesting new media that is received from our contractors; 
  • maintaining order in the database; 
  • assuring that data is replicated to our remote sites; 
  • copying data to hard drives for distribution to our research partners; 
  • monitoring who gets which information
  • handling data recalls.

Also responsible for managing the installation, updates, and maintenance of our computer forensic tools and research computer systems. This includes traditional computer support and maintenance (ordering, installations, upgrades, and trouble shooting), as well as system administration and trouble-shooting. Qualifications: Familiarity with the operation and administration of Macintosh, Windows and Linux computers, including account management, network management, and downloading, configuring and installation open source software. Should be able to write complex scripts in python and be familiar with C, C++, Makefiles, LaTeX, and Subversion. Education: An associate or bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field such as computer science or computer engineering, or equivalent work experience.  A master’s degree in computer science is preferred.


Research Associate(s)

To support research on disk image forensics. The ideal candidate will have experience with both operating systems and programming. Familiarity with the Python programming language, statistics, and management of the Windows operating system are also required. A Master’s degree or similar work experience is preferred. The position is an intermittent one starting in spring of FY 2011 with possibility for renewal based on funding. To inquire or apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to Prof. Neil Rowe, ncrowe@nps.edu. 


Research Associates, Naval Postgraduate School - Forensic Research Center, Naval Postgraduate School

Position Description/Overall Goal:  Subject matter expertise for current and emerging research projects related to the information revolution in military and security affairs.

Expertise in:

  •  Generating information strategies, tactics and/or technologies used in military and security organizations.
  • Working with leaders and community networks to bring new ideas into practice.

Significant experience:

  • Working with US military in uniformed, government civilian and/or consultant capacity.
  • Bridging civilian and military organizations
  • Working with DARPA and ONR

Incumbent will:

  • Work closely with Research Institute Director and/or project leaders
  • Participate in workshops, symposia and brainstorming meetings focused on interpreting the strategic and tactical implications of the information revolution
  • Provide guidance on start-up research projects that generate working prototypes of new technologies and practices in information innovation
  • Serve as advisor for student theses.

Postdoctoral Fellowships and Research Scientists - Forensic Research Center, Naval Postgraduate School

Location: Northern Virginia (Arlington or Fairfax County)

The Department of Computer Science at the Naval Postgraduate School invites applications for Postdoctoral Candidates and Research Scientists for multiple positions in several areas of computer system forensics research, including the forensics of mass storage systems, computer memory analysis, network forensics, and document forensics.

Expertise in operating systems and programming is mandatory.  Highly desirable is a skill in a third area, such as parallel or concurrent programming, virtualization, cloud computing, Human Language Technology (HLT), or applied data mining.
The successful candidate will conduct world-class research and develop software tools, techniques and systems, as well as be involved in dissemination of research results through conference and journal publications, conference presentations, and in-person meetings.

Qualifications:
    - Candidates should have recently obtained a PhD in Computer Science.
    - Candidates must be able to obtain a SECRET security clearance.

Application Requirements:
    - CV (include contact e-mail, postal address, phone number)
    - Thesis summary (one-page maximum)
    - Research proposal (no more than two pages)
    - Reprint of applicant's most significant research publications
    - Names and contact information for three references

Initial appointment will be for one year with potential for renewal for an additional 1-4 years.
Applications for the positions are accepted on a continuing basis until the position is filled.
If you are a strong research scientist that wants to work on real-world problems and see your research rapidly transitioned into use, we'd like to hear from you.


Forensic Software Developers - Forensic Research Center, Naval Postgraduate School

Location: Northern Virginia (Arlington or Fairfax County)

The Department of Computer Science at the Naval Postgraduate is looking for highly motivated software developers to expand its Forensic Research Center.  Developers will work closely with research scientists in developing new techniques and tools to assist in the automated forensic analysis and processing of hard drives, USB memory sticks, optical storage devices, computer system memory, cell phones, and other data carrying devices.

Developers at the Forensic Research Center work with significant independence on software projects for which they have personal ownership. Developers must be able to understand the problem, design and architect a solution, and then develop a prototype solution.

We develop mostly Open Source software that we freely release to the worldwide forensics community. Nevertheless, successful applicants will be able to obtain and maintain a US security clearance at the SECRET level or above.

Applicants must be fluent in C++, Java and Python, able to develop for Windows or Linux. The ideal applicant will be able to develop for both Windows and Linux, be comfortable with EMACS, Eclipse, GNU autoconf tools, using and producing open source software.


Mobile Malware and Application Researcher -  Forensic Research Center, Naval Postgraduate School

Location: Northern Virginia (Arlington or Fairfax County)

The Department of Computer Science at the Naval Postgraduate is looking for highly motivated software developers to expand its Forensic Research Center.  Daily work includes analyzing mobile malware, discovering methodologies to protect against these threats, and help contribute to our growing collection of mobile malware.  Additionally, you will help to discover new vulnerabilities and techniques in avoiding detection in mobile phones.  You will also contribute to our growing collection of certified software from the various mobile platforms’ markets.  This will involve writing automated collectors and scrapers to retrieve applications from the various application markets.   Researching future threats and keeping up with the quickly changing mobile field is also part of the job.

Required Skills:

  • Good knowledge of one or more major mobile platforms.
  • Static malware analysis skills (ARM reverse engineering)
  • Reverse engineering skills – assembly language (x86), disassemblers and debuggers.
  • Good knowledge of at least one scripting language (preferably Python)
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English and able to interact easily with people of different cultures and background.

Desired Skills:

  • Good knowledge on C/C++ and/or Java Programming Language.
  • Experience using packet sniffers and analyzing network traffic: Wireshark, tcpdump, etc.
  • Good knowledge on common Internet protocols (TCP/IP, SMTP, HTTP) and attacks.

We Offer:

  • Challenging and varied field of work.
  • Chance to affect many aspects of the mobile malware filed and contribute by using your strengths.
  • A possibility to work in close co-operation with some of the biggest players in the mobile field.
  • Continued educational opportunities (trainings, conferences, etc.)

Research Associate -  Forensic Research Center, Naval Postgraduate School

Location: Northern Virginia (Arlington or Fairfax County)

The Research Associate will work under the direction of a faculty member to support reimbursable research activities at NPS.  The Research Associate should typically have a Masters degree or a PhD in a field applicable to the research.  Research Associates will be appointed by the Provost to terms not exceeding three years (pending availability of reimbursable funding) upon the recommendations by the Principal Investigator(s), the Chair/Dean/Director.  Renewals are possible, pending satisfactory completion of duties and availability of reimbursable funding.



To apply for any position, please send cover sheet with resume to slhiggin@nps.edu.

The Naval Postgraduate School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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