Principal Research Scientist/Engineer VI/VII Huntsville Job Opening

Principal Research Scientist/Engineer VI/VII Huntsville

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
$138,300.00 - $282,600.00 a year

**This is a pool posting for future vacancies in this job classification. Applications will be considered active for a period of six months from the posting date**

**These Openings are in Huntsville, AL**

The Auburn University Huntsville Research Center (AUHRC) and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering are seeking candidates for multiple positions of Principal Research Scientist/Engineer VI/VII in anticipation of securing contract funding in the area of cyber security engineering, systems engineering and integration, critical infrastructure protection, and project management on multiple programs funded by government and private industry. These positions will be located in Huntsville, Alabama and will report to the Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering. The successful candidates will work with the Director of the Cyber Research Center, the McCrary Institute, and the Huntsville Research Center to identify and develop potential research sponsors in the strategic focus areas of Auburn University research with an emphasis on cyber security, systems engineering and integration, critical infrastructure protection, and related research projects and programs.

Major responsibilities include providing technical expertise, through the various Auburn programs in cyber security and infrastructure protection, directly to government and industry sponsors. The successful candidate shall provide technical support for the following activities:

Provide Subject Matter Expertise to senior leaders in government and industry related to cyber security threats and subsequent threat mitigation strategies and methods. Collaborate with the nation's community of industry, government, and academia on national policy and technology that affects various defense, aerospace, manufacturing, and related industry sectors along with federal, state, and local government agencies.

Provide Subject Matter Expertise to senior leaders in government and industry related to protecting the nation's critical infrastructure systems (energy, water, transportation, food, commerce, etc.).

Provide Subject Matter Expertise to industry and government sponsors in the broad areas of systems engineering and integration.

Essential functions include, but are not limited to:

Conducts contract research and creates progress and final reports as necessary; provides technical management of research contracts and oversees the content and timeliness of contract deliverables.

Develops research proposals and budgets.

Coordinates research opportunities between Auburn University faculty and staff, local government agencies, and private industries.

Initiates and cultivates relationships with agencies and industries in order to build research and educational programs for Auburn University.

Establishes and grows research funding for Auburn University by pursuing local opportunities.

Interfaces with Auburn University faculty and staff to build an in-depth knowledge of on-campus research capabilities.

Candidate may supervise employees but supervision is not the main focus of the job; responsibilities could include training, mentoring, evaluating, and making or recommending pay, promotion or other employment decisions.
Minimum Qualifications
Entry into the applicant pool requires the following:

  • Ph.D. degree in engineering, computer science, management information science (MIS), or related technical field from an accredited institution.
  • 10 years' experience in cyber security or related systems engineering programs.

When a candidate has the required experience, but lacks the required education, they may apply additional relevant experience toward the education requirement, at a rate of two (2) years relevant experience per year of required education.

Bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, or MIS from an accredited institution and 18 years of relevant experience or with a Master's degree in engineering, computer science, or MIS from an accredited institution and 14 years of relevant experience would meet the minimum qualification requirements.

Knowledge of contracts, grants, budget, accounting, and finance principles is required. Technical knowledge in advanced systems engineering or cyber security related research projects and programs is required.

Please utilize the attachment feature of our online employment system and attach the following: cover letter, resume, and references. Only complete applications will be considered.

A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment.
Desired Qualifications
Extensive experience with government agencies or industry in cyber security or systems engineering. Additional years of combined experience in planning, directing, executing, and integrating the work and resources of government agency/industry projects or programs; experience in business planning and development including developing key strategic partnership and relationships with Industry, government and research Institutions; excellent interpersonal communications skills.
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Administrative Grade 34 and above