Research and Development Engineer (Research Systems Security and Compliance Analyst)
The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking a skilled, experienced, highly motivated Research and Development Engineer to fill a critical role related to the IT security, data security, and compliance of specific research projects and research infrastructures across Penn State. This will be a highly collaborative position frequently interacting with researchers, research groups, research administrators, IT Security, and other IT units. Reporting to the Senior Advisor for Research Computing and Cyberinfrastructure, the incumbent will: have the ability to read contractual and/or regulatory language and develop an actionable set of concrete technical requirements that embody that language; have the ability to implement and/or direct the implementation of a set of technical requirements on a research infrastructure to satisfy a set of security and compliance requirements; have the ability to identify the gaps between the existing and desired capabilities of a research infrastructure; be capable of auditing an IT infrastructure to ensure that it complies with a specific set of technical requirements; understand system- and network-level information assurance well enough to find solutions that keep systems secure, compliant, and functional; understand the roles and services of a wide variety of research administration, central IT, and distributed IT units; understand the roles, responsibilities, and capabilities of small, research-focused, PI-centered IT units; excel at exchanging actionable information clearly and quickly; understand the university's risk-based approach to data classification, and the implications of that approach. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline (Master's degree preferred) or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Specific experience and/or familiarity with security frameworks such as NIST 800-171 is preferred. Candidates should be able to articulate the gap between their current skill set and the proposed skill set, and specify steps they would take to close that gap. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.
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