Cyber Security Systems Engineer

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – L – Exempt
  • 03 – M – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Cyber Network Defense/1651
Full/Part Time:


The Cyber Network Defense Department at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University is seeking a Cyber Security Systems Engineer to design, integrate, and operate information security systems. Responsibilities include threat hunting and analysis; incident handling; forensics; information system hardening; system administration and operation; and security control identification, selection, and application. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Master’s degree in Cybersecurity, Information Systems, or Computer Science is desired. Preferred experience areas include: Security Operations Center (SOC), Computer Emergency/Incident Response Team (CERT/CIRT); Red/Blue/Purple teaming; Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) security; web application firewall integration; cloud and virtualization security; DevSecOps; Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) methodologies; ATT&CK framework integration; and practical hands-on experience integrating and working with systems such as Splunk, Fidelis, McAfee, Nessus, Palo Alto, Atlassian, EnCase, and Azure. Preferred certifications include CCNP Security, CFR, GCIH, GCED, and OSCP. Required experience areas include: Risk Management Framework (RMF), National Institute for Standards & Technology (NIST), Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), Common Criteria, and Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) control bodies; RMF control selection and implementation; system security development; incident response; problem identification, investigation, and resolution; endpoint security; Intrusion Detection/Intrusion Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS) and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM); and information security system architecture, engineering, and operations. The selected applicant must earn a Cybersecurity baseline certification within 6 months of hiring. Candidates selected will be subject to a government security investigation. You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at The Pennsylvania State University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; we believe this is central to our success as a Department of Defense designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are part of our workforce.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088