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Research Programmer II

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 analysis capabilities to evaluate and identify encrypted application traffic at line rate.  Powerful tools will be developed to track entities using these applications, even through VPN and NAT obfuscation.

ISI manages multiple projects designed to generate, capture and analyze large volumes of traffic to identify specific features.  One such project is developing a novel capability to identify applications based on their encrypted flows and use this information as input to a network optimization system.  Additionally, this information will enable the tracking of network entities as they move throughout the network.  Strong application modeling and sophisticated traffic capture will be required to enable these capabilities.

We seek candidates for Research Programmers to join this project team. This position will provide programming support to these research projects, with responsibility for developing tools to capture and analyze large volumes of network traffic. 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 background of a strong candidate for this position might include, as examples, one or more of:

  • Modeling, generation, capture and analysis of large-volume, representative network traffic
  • 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
  • Rigorous evaluation strategies on cyber-infrastructures for experimental networking and cybersecurity research, such as NSF GENI, Emulab, CloudLab, etc.

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.

REQ20072329 Posted Date: 03/19/2019

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