The Applied Intelligence division of BAE Systems delivers solutions which protect and enhance the connected world. Everything we do creates a safer future.
We want to solve problems for our customers and by bringing together great minds, we can work together to make the world a safer place.
An operational cyber researcher is able to plan and perform research into a wide range of systems and technologies with a focus on discovering and exploiting weaknesses in their design or implementation. The role provides technical guidance for customers as well as supporting bids and proposals. An operational cyber researcher has broad skills which generally involve, but are not limited to, the following activities:
- Exploratory Research.
- Vulnerability & Technical Research.
- Experimental Development.
Researchers undertaking exploratory research are expected to:
- Rapidly summarise and assess new domains.
- Provide domain knowledge for technical analysis, experimental development and subsequent engineering.
Researchers undertaking vulnerability & technical research are expected to:
- Know which pen-testing and reverse engineering tools and methodologies are appropriate to a given problem.
- Have experience of advanced vulnerability assessment techniques such as fuzzing and code injection.
Researchers undertaking experimental development are expected to:
- Develop, assess and prioritize prototype and simulated capabilities.
Mandatory Skills and Experience Required
A wide range of skills are required for Operational Research. The number one skill is being able to think systematically and take logical steps towards deconstructing a complex system. For lower-level work, an intermediate/advanced understanding of how computers work is important (eg knowing the difference between the heap and the stack, and between compiled and interpreted languages). More required skills for this role include:
- Technical writing
- Presentation skills
- Innovative problem solving
- Team working
- Scripting (e.g. with Python)
- Rapid development of prototypes or simulations (e.g. with C#)
Other Desirable Skills and Experience
As well as the above, an Operational Cyber Researcher will need skills and experience in at least one of the areas below. An ideal candidate will cover several areas.
- Network traffic analysis
- Reverse engineering
- Vulnerability analysis
- Exploit development
- OSINT and interacting with SMEs
- Developing new research skills as appropriate
- Technical Leadership
- Team management
- Network architecture and security
- Risk assessment
- Systems engineering
- Architectural frameworks
- Processor architecture
- Operating systems and firmware
- Standard and domain-specific protocols and data formats
- Software development life cycle
- Assured development practices (at a high-level)
A wide range of tools exist, and the researcher should be able to determine which are most appropriate for a given task. Types of tools used include:
- Scripting languages (e.g. Python);
- Traffic capture and analysis tools (e.g. Wireshark);
- Disassemblers (e.g. IDA Pro);
- Debuggers (e.g. gdb);
- Decompilers (e.g. Hex-Rays Decompiler);
- Virtualization environments;
- Integrated development environments;
- Domain-specific simulation and development tools.
Security Clearance is required for this vacancy. If you are not currently Security Cleared, you will need to be eligible for this and willing to go through the process. For more guidance on National Security Vetting please click here.
About BAE Systems Applied Intelligence:
We help nations, governments and businesses around the world defend themselves against cyber crime, reduce their risk in the connected world, comply with regulation, and transform their operations. We do this using our unique set of solutions, systems, experience and processes.
Our success is down to our people. The changing nature of our business means that we're constantly looking for the brightest talent to help us fulfil our ambitions. As an experienced professional, we'll entrust you with responsibility; this means that you'll have client contact, variety and support from day one.
We'll encourage and support you to develop your skills and reward you as you grow. Whatever your area of expertise, you'll be much more than just a job title; you'll be an integral part of the business where your individual contribution makes a difference every day. Great minds deserve great rewards, so we also offer a very competitive salary and benefits package.
Diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. Staying competitive in today's global marketplace requires an organisational culture where employees with varying perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds - the best and brightest minds - can work together to achieve excellence and realise individual and organisational potential. We also welcome discussions about flexible working.
Help us secure a connected world by being an unseen hero. Apply now and be inspired.