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Job #: R-00104731
Location: Remote, US
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Remote Type: Remote
Clearance: Top Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $5000
Group: Leidos Innovations Center (LInC)

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Job Description:

This is an excellent opportunity to work on the cutting-edge of artificial intelligence for national security.  Leidos is seeking a Cyber AI Engineer in Artificial Intelligence for a position within the Leidos Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) Accelerator. The Engineer will work with the researchers to help automate advanced AI/ML techniques for cyber network offense and defense, including: anomaly detection and insider threat detection, malware analysis, reverse engineering, and penetration testing for perimeter, mid-point and end-point defense.  The Engineer will have the ability to work remotely with a diverse and geographically distributed team of AI/ML and cybersecurity experts on modern Cyber-AI problems performing fundamental research, publishing papers, obtaining patents, and producing truly innovative research prototypes.  Come serve your country with us at Leidos and work on the most difficult national security problems, make a nation-wide impact, and truly serve the greater good, all while living anywhere in the country!

Primary Responsibilities

  • Translation of research prototypes into software beta’s that we can test and iterate on in a national security customer environment.

  • Work with a team of researchers and engineers within the Leidos AI/ML Accelerator developing and delivering Cyber-AI solutions in a range of technology areas.

  • Expand and enhance Cyber-AI strategy for a $10B+ Fortune 500 company with major markets in Defense, Intelligence, Civil, and Health. 

Basic Qualifications

  • Master's degree and 10+ years in computer science, data science, applied mathematics, statistics, electrical engineering, or related discipline.  Additional years experience may be used in lieu of degree.

  • 10-12 years of cybersecurity or cyber-centric AI/ML experience within major programs in industry, academia, or government.

  • Experience with threat detection, malware analysis, reverse engineering, and penetration testing, or subverting one of these three areas: 

  • Perimeter Defense: firewalls, firewall logs, Zeek (Bro) network security monitor logs, 

  • Mid-Point Defense: Security Event and Information Management (SEIM) tools and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), Intrusion Protection Systems (IPS).

  • End-Point Defense: Antivirus, personal security products, cloud-based antivirus, and endpoint security software.

  • Experience with many areas of AI/ML and related key technical disciplines including: structured and unstructured data, supervised and unsupervised learning, deep learning, reinforcement learning, and federated learning, Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs), language models (BERT, GPT-2/3/3.5).

  • Experience with Matlab, Python, C/C++, Julia, etc.

  • Enthusiasm for innovation, experimentation, and self-development in the cyber security field.

  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Experience and proven ability to work autonomously and in a team in an innovative and fast-paced environment whilst delivering to deadlines.

  • The ability to obtain a Top Secret security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.)

  • Current TS/SCI clearance with CI or full-scope polygraph is strongly preferred.

  • Experience in automating advanced techniques for malware analysis, reverse engineering, and penetration testing.

  • Experience with developing AI/ML solutions for massive (PB+) datasets, and secured data (PHI, classified data, etc.).

  • Proven ability to design, articulate, and deliver complex cyber solutions that: are scalable, robust, secure, and resilient and deliver clear, measurable value to program owners and end users.

  • Experience with commercial and Open Source Cyber / AI / ML / Data Science platforms.

  • Hands-on experience with a broad range of current deep learning tools (e.g., Matlab Deep Learning and ML Toolboxes, TensorFlow, PyTorch, etc.) and collaboration environments (e.g., Jupyter notebooks, PyCharm).

  • Extensive experience with and ability to formulate solutions using one or more of the following models: Deep Learning (CNNs, RCNNs, LSTMs), GANs, Reinforcement Learning.


Pay Range:

Pay Range $118,300.00 - $182,000.00 - $245,700.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.


About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 46,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2022.  For more information, visit

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