• Sr Software Engineer - Research (Runtime Security Monitoring)

    Job Locations US-NY-Ithaca
    Posted Date 11 months ago(5/31/2018 12:30 PM)
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    Study, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches to monitor running programs and verify that they are working as intended, even when subject to attack.


    Under the guidance of a principal investigator (PI), you will implement innovative prototypes to monitor running programs and verify that they are working as intended, even when subject to attack. If a program is compromised, the prototype will need to track the impact of the attack. As a research-oriented software engineer, you will:


    • Study and implement security-monitoring approaches drawn from academic literature or in-house design
    • Evaluate the resulting prototype implementation to test its value in addressing the research goals
    • Discuss results with the PI and respond by adapting the prototype to better address research goals
    • Contribute to presentations and written reports that keep research sponsors up to date on project progress
    • Prepare prototypes for demonstrations and evaluations by research sponsors. Respond to any last-minute complications to ensure a smooth and successful evaluation
    • Work as lead engineer: review and guide work of more junior engineers on the project 



    • BS in computer science plus 7 years of experience in academic or industrial setting
    • Strong software application development skills in C
    • Good working knowledge of software architecture, testing, and continuous integration
    • Flexibility in terms of languages, tools and techniques
    • Ability to adjust work as experiments reveal new directions for investigation
    • Experience in the area of software security
    • In-depth understanding of common software vulnerabilities


    • MS or PhD in computer science or equivalent
    • Experience with one or more of the following: C++, Python, Lisp
    • Experience leading research projects, or as primary engineer on a research project
    • Excellent written and verbal communication
    • Experience with the following, especially when applied to improve software security, resiliency and maintainability:
      • Runtime monitoring
      • Runtime verification
      • Dynamic program transformation and instrumentation
      • Host-based intrusion detection
      • Virtual machine introspection
      • Security policy languages and specifications
      • Software isolation or sandboxing
      • Profiling
      • Fault analysis and isolation
      • Embedded systems
      • Low-level programming at the kernel, hypervisor, firmware, or BIOS/UEFI level
      • Penetration testing


    About the Company


    Innovation is at the heart of GrammaTech, and we are constantly pushing the boundaries of software research and development–from software assurance and software integrity to cyber‐security, threat mitigation and autonomic computing. We develop new technologies and see the results of our research incorporated into tools used by engineers and security professionals worldwide.


    GrammaTech was founded in 1988, with the firmly‐grounded purpose of helping today’s organizations develop tomorrow’s software. With a focus on the evolving cyber‐security landscape, software hardening and intelligent systems, we tackle the most challenging software issues through a constant stream of highly innovative research and commercial development programs. Headquartered in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York, we offer positions in Ithaca, NY and Madison, WI, as well as opportunities for remote employment.


    We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including health care plan options, a generous paid time off program, flexible hours, company‐sponsored employee pension plan, and opportunities for professional and personal development. 


    GrammaTech, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. 
    Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply


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