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Cybersecurity Software Engineer and Research Coordinator

Job Description

Posting Number


Internal Recruitment


Working Title

Cybersecurity Software Engineer and Research Coordinator

Anticipated Hiring Range

$100,000 - $140,000 (Commensurate with education and/or experience)

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 5:00pm

Job Location

Raleigh, NC


Computer Science

About the Department

The Department of Computer Science is an academic teaching and research department in the College of Engineering. It is a large and complex unit that encompasses research intensive, teaching intensive and professional activities. It is one of the largest such departments in the nation by the number of faculty and students, and its total budget and size are comparable to, or larger than, a number of NC State University colleges and divisions.

Essential Job Duties

The Computer Science department at North Carolina State University (NCSU) invites applications for a Cybersecurity Software Engineer and Research Coordinator. The position will exist within the Secure Software Supply Chain Center (S3C2) funded by the National Science Foundation that is part of the Secure Computing Institute (SCI) led by Drs. Laurie Williams and William Enck. S3C2 is a large-scale multi-institutional research enterprise and community responding to the rise in software supply chain attacks in the software industry (as emphasized in Section 4 of Executive Order 14028). S3C2 is an international leader in software supply chain security research and an essential community catalyst for secure development methods, tools, and metrics that are adopted by practitioners and that re-establish trust in the software supply chain; and educates a varied workforce of technical leaders and practitioners. S3C2 includes NCSU faculty and collaborators at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Maryland, and Paderborn University (in Germany).

The successful candidates will demonstrate good knowledge of programming and cybersecurity; exhibit leadership and organization skills; have a propensity for working with students; and have an interest in cybersecurity research. Primary responsibilities will include (1) conducting the ecosystem/industry-wide data collection and analysis and writing the annual industry-wide software supply chain barometer report; (2) coordinating industry outreach with technical security professionals; (3) generating and maintaining externally-facing center materials, including a website, reports, and presentations; (4) storing data and experimental results in accordance with the data management plan; and (5) coordinating and participating in professional and student outreach activities.

Annual industry-wide software supply chain barometer report: The Cybersecurity Software Engineer and Research Coordinator will own the production of an annual industry-wide report and dashboard that communicates measurements about the state of security in the software supply chain at the ecosystem and industry level. These measurements will feed back into S3C2 research. The production of the report will necessitate writing scripts to analyze security and mitigation approach trends at the ecosystem level. These scripts will be contributed to the open source community.

Community outreach coordinator: The Cybersecurity Software Engineer and Research Coordinator will be a liaison with technical industry and government partners. S3C2 maintains continuous interaction with practitioners in industry and government to propel broader impacts on the software industry and the security of software products. S3C2 research is fueled by a fundamental understanding of the workflow and attitudes of practitioners as secure software supply chain practices are adopted (or not). The center will learn about pressing challenges and obtain feedback on research contributions through three annual Secure Software Supply Chain Summits and one community outreach day which will be organized by the Cybersecurity Software Engineer and Research Coordinator.

Center materials and reports: The Cybersecurity Software Engineer and Research Coordinator will work with S3C2 personnel to collect status, achievements, and highlights that will be disseminated via reports to the National Science Foundation, the S3C2 website, and an up-to-date S3C2 presentation. The Cybersecurity Software Engineer and Research Coordinator will also interface with university financial departments and will manage the budget in conjunction with the S3C2 director.

Maintaining data and experimental results: The Cybersecurity Software Engineer and Research Coordinator will provide support for maintaining the data corpus and experimental results produced by the S3C2 researchers in accordance with the data management plan.

Student outreach: To raise cybersecurity interest and preparation of a diverse set of students, S3C2 sites will conduct monthly middle-school workshops, an annual summer camp, and research experiences for undergraduates related to technical computer science and cybersecurity topics. The Cybersecurity Software Engineer and Research Coordinator will participate in these activities at NCSU and coordinate best practices and resources across S3C2 collaborating sites.

Additional job duties of the Cybersecurity Software Engineer and Research Coordinator include the following:

  • Produce NSF reports (including highlights and success stories) and other presentation generation
  • Coordinating the middle school student seminar series, annual summer camp, and research experiences for undergraduates
  • Coordinate the invites and logistics for the three Secure Software Supply Chain Summits
  • Coordinate invites and logistics for the annual Software Supply Chain Community Day
  • Interface with industry at a technical level to foster and to establish partnerships
  • Maintain up to date materials detailing the status and results of the center, including a website
  • Maintain the data corpus, experimental results in an archival system according to the data management plan
  • Other duties as assigned by the co-directors of SCI

Other Responsibilities

  • Operate at a high level of independence.
  • Always document projects in a clear, concise and comprehensive manner.
  • Maintain periodic engagements with teachers, partners and collaborators.

Minimum Education and Experience

Relevant Ph.D degree (or relevant terminal degree), or relevant Master’s degree with at least 5 years of formal post-degree professional work experience. In rare instances, an individual with a comparable professional experience but less than a master’s degree, plus 8 years of exceptional relevant professional experience. May require terminal degree and licensure.

Other Required Qualifications

  • Significant experience or technical interest in cybersecurity
  • Highly organized and able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Interpersonal skills needed to collaborate with the research team, practitioners, and students

Preferred Qualifications

  • MS Degree in Computer Science
  • Experience in industry or government

Required License(s) or Certification(s)


Valid NC Driver's License required


Commercial Driver's License required


Job Open Date


Anticipated Close Date

Open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please include as attachments a CV, cover letter, and contact information for at least 3 professional references.

Position Number


Position Type

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Department ID

141901 - Computer Science-engr


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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