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Counterintelligence Cyber Specialist

Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a Counterintelligence (CI) Cyber Specialist to provide expert technical knowledge in support of the Laboratory’s compliance with Department of Energy Order 475.1 (Counterintelligence Program). In addition, this position provides systems administration of networks, Unix/Linux, Windows, and macOS server and workstation platforms used for data collection and analysis. This position is in the Counterintelligence Program Office.


This position will be filled at either the SES.3 or SES.4 level depending on your qualifications.  Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.


Essential Duties

- Identify, prevent, and exploit the intelligence activities of foreign powers, terrorist groups, international criminal organizations, and other foreign entities that seek to do harm to LLNL, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the US Government (USG).

- Investigate cyber events with a CI nexus and cyber component contained within CI inquiries and investigations.

- Work with CI Program Officers and Analysts to create reports and presentations to inform and contribute to the national cybersecurity community.

- Develop and apply new tools and methodologies to enhance the CI Program’s investigations and analysis.

- Track international cyber threats and trends relevant to the Laboratory, DOE, and the USG.

- Perform development, documentation, training, systems administration, and support for CI software and hardware.

- Provide awareness briefings to LLNL, DOE, and other USG agency employees regarding the foreign intelligence cyber threat.

- Build and maintain relationships with various cyber, intelligence and programmatic groups within LLNL, DOE, and the United States Intelligence Community (USIC).



- Provide guidance and direction to other program team members.

- Plan and lead collaborative projects with peers within the laboratory, DOE Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, and the USIC.

- Brief cyber threats, vulnerabilities, and mitigations to LLNL Senior Management, DOE, and other USG agencies.

- Develop and implement improvements to software and hardware in support of the Counterintelligence Program.



- BS degree in Computer Science or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience. 

- Significant experience in defending networks and sensitive information against targeted cyber attacks using advanced knowledge of current cyber threats, cyber security policies, and cyber security controls.

- Knowledge and experience in software development in at least one scripting language such as Java, Shell, Perl, PHP or Python.

- Experience performing system administration on Linux, Windows, and macOS systems.

- Ability to present and explain complex technical information to both technical and non-technical audiences.

- Experience determining priorities and setting and meeting performance goals.

- Ability to secure and maintain CI-scope polygraph.



- Subject matter expertise in software development in a scripting language such as Java, Shell, Perl, PHP or Python.

- Experience designing, implementing, or managing virtual infrastructures.


Desired Qualifications

- MS/PhD in Computer Science or related field.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  This position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance or active Top Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency at time of hire.  Also, you must have the ability to obtain and maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access.  Please note that your current active Q or Top Secret clearance with DOE or another agency does not guarantee DOE SCI access approval; if you are denied access, you may be subject to reinvestigation of your existing Q or Top Secret clearance.


Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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