Technologist, Security and Vulnerability Testing
New America Foundation - Washington, DC

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The New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute seek an enthusiastic, tech savvy individual to join our team in Washington, D.C. Our staff technologists should have a flexible approach to problem solving, broad technical expertise, and the ability to learn and teach new information rapidly and effectively. Our ideal candidate will also need a strong understanding of team dynamics, taking the lead or supporting other technologists as appropriate.

A technologist at OTI is responsible for skill driven contributions to technology projects in traditional, open source software development areas such as design, programming, testing and documentation. A technologist should demonstrate a high degree of familiarity and comfort with all aspects of software development work, including possessing fluency in more than one programming language—complementary languages are preferred such as a low level one suitable for embedded development and a high level scripting language. They should possess some working knowledge of any of the technical areas of interest to OTI's work—wireless networking, security, application development, etc.–and be able to effectively communicate that knowledge to a variety of audiences.

The focus for this Technologist position is the planning, development and execution of security and penetration testing for multiple software development projects. The Technologist in this position will work closely with in-house and vendor developers to perform all aspects of threat modeling and security testing.

  • Develop, execute and iterate security/threat modeling test plans conforming to project requirements for a variety of software development projects
  • Envision problem scenarios around security vulnerabilities, performance, capacity and component integration
  • Write test cases to measure inputs and expected outputs for test plans and problem scenarios
  • Write scripts for automated testing and integration on multiple platforms (embedded device routers, laptops, mobile devices) using a variety of data sources (big data / local data)
Qualifications Ideal candidates will have the following required qualifications:
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • A detailed understanding of, and experience in, software and network security
  • Strong technical understanding of network design principles and architectures
  • 3-5 years experience performing unit and network security testing, threat modeling and/or penetration testing, preferably on a variety of networked devices including cell phones, embedded consumer grade routers, desktop/laptop computers, in addition to enterprise grade networking equipments
  • Experience writing and executing detailed test cases, test plans and test design documents
  • Experience using data driven tests to validate system architectures
  • Must have experience in debugging and troubleshooting problems in Linux/Unix based application servers
  • Technical proficiency in unit security and penetration methodology/process/techniques in order to provide guidance, leadership and mentoring of other team members
Additionally, preference will be given to candidates who additionally have the following desired qualifications:
  • Experience/intermediate knowledge with two or more of the following programming languages: C, Lua, Bash, Java (specifically, Android), Javascript, Python.
  • Experience with Perl, Shell scripting
  • Experience with Objective-C (for Mac/iOS platform work)
  • Send a cover letter, resume, and work sample (e.g., code samples, test cases, training curricula, etc.). This position will remain open until filled.
We strongly encourage applications from candidates who are people of color, low-income, women, persons with disabilities, over 55 or LGBTQ*. Salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits. The New America Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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