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Research Programmer II - Networked Systems

Information Sciences Institute Marina del Rey, California

Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a unit of USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and development of advanced information processing, computing, and communications technologies. ISI 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.*

Information Sciences Institute (ISI) seeks a Research Programmer II to join DHS and DARPA-funded projects developing new, next- generation methodologies, tools, and infrastructures for experimental cybersecurity research, with particular application to the security of complex networked and cyber- physical systems.

The DETER  and  EdgeCT Programs,  develop, operate and extend  DETERLab (, a unique cloud-like systems modeling and emulation environment established to support experimental cybersecurity research. DETERLab serves as a national resource for the cybersecurity research, development, and education communities. ISI’s role in the DARPA EdgeCT project is to model complex network environments that experience a wide variety of potential impairments while also driving both fore and background traffic.  These models and scenarios are hosted on DETERLab and rely on the development of sophisticated and powerful network emulation capability using the Click Modular Router.

We seek candidates for Research Programmers to join the DETER and EdgeCT project teams. This position will provide programming support to these research projects, with responsibility for developing or modifying large and complex system projects. Additional responsibilities include formulating and defining system scope and objectives, devising or modifying procedures to solve complex problems, using creativity and innovation to solve conceptual programming problems raised by cutting edge research, creating program design, coding, testing, debugging, documentation and maintenance. Successful candidates must be able to work under minimal supervision at a high level of technical proficiency on all phases of programming, and to make technical presentations and demonstrations at conferences and/or meetings. 

Interests and research background of a strong candidate for this position might include, as examples, one or more of:

   Modeling and emulation of large, complex networked systems

   Cyber-infrastructures for experimental networking and cybersecurity research, such as NSF GENI, Emulab, CloudLab, etc.

   Modern, highly virtualized, distributed computing and networking technologies and environments

Data-driven analysis and visualization of large, complex systems and system behaviors

   Language-based methodologies for complex system description and modeling

Preferred Experience: 5 years

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

Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined work experience and education as equivalent

Minimum Experience: 3 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Relevant work experience to provide strong technical knowledge of programming and analysis as well as senior or lead experience. Demonstrated ability to stand in for researchers as circumstances require. Demonstrated creativity and innovation in solving conceptual programming problems.

REQ20054263 Posted Date: 12/20/2017

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