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Research Computer Scientist, Research Lead - Binary Analysis

Viterbi School of Engineering Los Angeles, California

The Information Sciences Institute (ISI), part of the world-renowned Viterbi School of Engineering at USC, is home to nearly 250 researchers in a variety of fields, including intelligent systems and artificial intelligence, who carry out world-class research in a collaborative, academic environment. ISI scientists have the opportunity to spend the majority of their time doing the research they love. Projects are critically accelerated by research programmers and Ph.D. and M.S. students. USC operates one of the world's largest academic high-performance computing clusters. ISI has three research campuses: one in Marina Del Rey, CA; one in Arlington, VA; and one in Waltham, MA.

This position is located in Marina del Rey, CA.

ISI’s Networking & Cybersecurity division is looking for a Research Computer Scientist, Research Lead to lead and impact state-of-the-art research and development in the areas of programming abstractions, binary analysis, vulnerability detection and remediation and reverse engineering.

Job Accountabilities

  • Articulate their own scientific/technical research agenda. Serves as key research scientist and authority in specialized field(s) of expertise. Demonstrates thought leadership and independence in conceptualizing, planning, designing, conducting and driving complex research projects. Exercises significant judgment in determining scientific objectives and approaches. Plans and pursues long-term goals and objectives independently or in collaboration with others.
  • Develop, plan and pursue a research strategy, including funding opportunities.
  • Solves a wide range of complex research problems effectively, creating or modifying techniques to obtain solutions.
  • Write scientific articles for publication. Makes presentations at conferences, participates in workshops and collaborates in specific research areas.
  • Participates in supervision of the research of PhD students, and screens, interviews and evaluates applicants for research positions.
  • Contributes ideas to and participates in the writing of proposals to agencies and organizations that fund sponsored research.
  • Keep abreast of research, technology and funding opportunities in areas of research focus.
  • Network with professional counterparts inside and outside the university.
  • Plan and manage project finances, working with their supervisor and the business office when necessary.
  • Successfully execute all research and administrative responsibilities associated with their awards.
  • Contribute to the direction of the Institute through technical discussions and business development.
  • Help ISI management identify strategic hires and other opportunities for growth in their area.

Preferred Qualifications/Experience

Knowledge and experience in research in the field of binary analysis, developing approaches for automatically detecting software vulnerabilities at a large-scale, and to directly patch those within the binary (executable) program.

  • Experience with binary analysis tools, design and implementation to bring interoperable tools to testbeds, and creation and refinement of other software artifacts.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and research in binary analysis with and machine learning techniques that improve vulnerability detection and software security overall.
  • Collaboration across multiple disciplines in the application of binary analysis techniques.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

Minimum Education: Doctorate Minimum Experience: 0-6 months Minimum Field of Expertise: PhD with demonstrated record of outstanding research contributions and experience. Proven technical proficiency, exceptional creativity, successful collaboration with others, and independent thought. Strong managerial skills. Demonstrated reputation as an emerging leader in field with sustained performance and accomplishment. Demonstrated ability to conceptualize research directions, exert technical leadership, communicate technical ideas, coordinate individual contributions to a research program, and present research plans and results in a manner that will elicit favorable funding actions.

REQ20100117 Posted Date: 05/03/2021

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