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Research Associate (Computer/Digital Forensics)

Location: Monterey, CA and Arlington, VA

The funds for this position are available for one year, renewable.

Employee type: Full Time with benefits--Four open positions

We are seeking Research Associates 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. The successful candidate will have a minimum of a master of science in computer science with either operational or research experience in digital forensics.

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, but start date is negotiable.

Applications should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief statement of the particular contribution you would make to the project.
  • Technical writing sample (ideally research paper in digital forensics or related field)

For additional information or to apply please email Joel Young at jdyoung@nps.edu.

This position must be filled by a U.S. citizen.

Posted December 11, 2012.

 

Computer Forensics Laboratory Manager, Naval Postgraduate School

Location:  Monterey, CA

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 are 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:  A 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.

For additional information or to apply please email Joel Young at jdyoung@nps.edu.  Please include a complete resume.

Must be filled by a US citizen.

The Naval Postgraduate School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted December 6, 2012.

 

Staff Officer – Level II
Security Clearance: Top Secret/SCI
Job Intelligence & Analysis
Primary Location: UNITED STATES-DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-WASHINGTON, DC
Schedule Full-time
Apply: Please contact Simson Garfinkel (Slgarfin@nps.edu) to apply.
Posted: October 31, 2012

Description

Job Summary
 

Serves as a staff officer in support of the Naval Postgraduate School National Capital Region Office (NPS-NCR).  Research and coordinate issues and conduct the interagency and Department-level coordination to complete and prepare for executive-level signature Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)/Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), concept of operations (CONOPs), Director of National Intelligence (DNI), DoD, and DIA directives and regulations, and other high-level correspondence.  May serve as NPS-NCR focal point for external agency tasking’s; coordinate with DIA and internal offices for tasking’s as applicable.
 


Principal Accountabilities

  • Researches and coordinates issues and conduct the interagency and Department-level coordination to complete and prepare for executive-level signature Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)/Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), concept of operations (CONOPs), Director of National Intelligence (DNI), DoD, and DIA directives and regulations, and other high-level correspondence. 
  • Receives, evaluates, tracks, disseminates, and controls all NPS-NCR tasking assignments. Serves as the entry/focal point for all external and internal taskings.
  • Drafts and coordinates responses to official taskings and leadership inquiries with primary staff officers and NPS-NCR partners.
  • Coordinates/negotiates concurrence, respond to guidance/redirection from management, and prepare documents for DIA/DNI-level approval.
  • Prepares substantive overviews and highlight briefings.
  • Reviews all correspondence prior to being forwarded to sponsors
  • Provides advice and assistance to resolve problems and develops recommendations for leadership.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Proven experience and capability using MS Office Suite
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communications skills
  • Active or very recent (within past 24 months) TS/SCI security clearance

Experience & Education

  • At least 3 years’ experience in DoD, Intelligence Community (IC), or Law Enforcement Agency.  Required experience in intelligence/counterintelligence, subject matter expertise and hands-on experience in one or more intelligence disciplines (HUMINT, IMINT, SIGINT), or general military (deployments, logistics, ops support, security, policy/doctrine, operational planning, collection management)
  • MS.

Physical Requirements/Working Environment

  • Work is in normal office environment.

Travel

  • None

Disclaimer
 
The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.
 
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11246  Prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, or national origin and requires affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees treated, without regard to race, sex, color, genetic information, religion, or national origin. (Enforcement Agency:  U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs).

 

DOMEX Technician and Researcher
Description: Document and Media Exploitation (DOMEX) or Cellular Device Exploitation (CELLEX) Technician and Research with active TS/SCI. Applicant must be experienced, self-directed, DOMEX/CELLEX Technician.
US Security Clearance Required:  Top Secret/SCI
Apply: Please contact Simson Garfinkel (Slgarfin@nps.edu) to apply.
Posted: October 31, 2012

Requirements:

  • Traveling frequently to various locations, installing, debugging, maintaining, upgrading, general support, training, briefings, fielding, and maintaining current licensing of various DOMEX/CELLEX tools. Deployments are conducted on a rotational basis for the position.
  • Providing training that requires both structured and tailored instruction for end user groups and individuals. This position requires frequent briefings (formal and informal) and status reports to Senior Leadership, often on short or no notice.   
  • Researching, evaluating, and recommending technologies and techniques to improve support to the end user; creating and maintaining documentation for all processes and procedures; conducting briefings and training for supported DOMEX/CELLEX end users.
  • Remaining current with technology and constantly researching and testing new exploitation tools to enhance the customers capability. Work closely with various vendors and provide direction to assist in tailoring exploitation kits to suit the customer for their various and robust needs.
  • Strong technical skills

Qualifications

Requirements you will need:

  • An active DOD TS/SCI Clearance**
  • The ability to interact independently with supervisors, special operations units and vendors
  • 2-5 years of experience in the field of cellular device exploitation and DOMEX 
  • Experience with installing and troubleshooting third party applications.
  • Advanced skills with installing, configuring and troubleshooting peripherals
  • Strong technical aptitude and ability to independently research & solve complex issues&
  • Ability to effectively communicate issues and resolutions to all levels of the organization and supporting venders
  • Excellent communication and teaching skills
  • Serve as a Subject Matter Expert in the collection and handling of SSE/CEM.  Ensure triage and exploitation occurs in accordance with priority requirements

Desired Skills:

  • In-Theater or National level DOMEX experience
  • Understanding of various CELLEX tools
  • Certification in XRY, CelleBrite, or any other cellphone exploitation tool
  • Good technical writing ability
  • Extensive knowledge of how DOMEX/CELLEX enables the Intelligence Cycle
  • Master’s Degree in computer science.

 

Research Assistant

Location: Monterey

To assist with research in the design and development of a new model for sharing software design artifacts securely. The candidate must have at least a Master's degree in CS with an emphasis on programming languages, software engineering, web services and software safety. The position is a one-year, full-time appointment with benefits with possibility for renewal based on funding. To apply for this position, send your resume and cover letter to Prof. Dennis Volpano (volpano <at> nps.edu).

Post date: July 2, 2012.

 

Research Support Lead, Digital Forensics

Location: Arlington VA.

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 possess a Master’s degree in computer science or a related field.

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 June 4.

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.

Post date: May 4, 2012

 

Digital Forensics Research Scientist

Location: Arlington, VA

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 possess 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 4.

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.

Post date: May 4, 2012

 

Research Associate/Computer Forensics

Location: Arlington, Virginia
Salary: $80K-$140K. The funds for this position are available for one year, renewable.
Employee type: Full Time with benefits

We are seeking a Post-doctoral Research Associate to joint 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 ot 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.

For additional information or to apply please email Simson Garfinkel at slgarfin@nps.edu.

Posted 1/3/2012.

 

Postdoctoral Fellowships and Research Scientists—Forensic Research Center

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 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 filled. If you are a strong research scientist who wants to work on real-world problems and see your research rapidly transitioned into use, we’d like to hear from you.

For additional information or to apply please email Simson Garfinkel at slgarfin@nps.edu. Please include a complete resume.

Posted 11/15/2011.

 

Research Assistant (2)

The Computer Science Department at the Naval Postgraduate School has an opening for a Research Assistant 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. The Naval Postgraduate School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Last updated 1/3/2012.

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