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Cyber Test Engineer

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  • Air Force Test Center

Come be a part of something big! Smart Minds, Cool Jobs and Awesome Rewards! Fueled by innovation, talent and ambition, the Air Force Civilian Service is seeking civilian professionals prepared to deploy war-winning capabilities on behalf of the United States Air Force.

The Air Force Test Center (AFTC) is where tomorrows Air Force is tested! Long considered the “Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe”, AFTC is truly where Air Force superiority begins. Home to many Aerospace establishments and records, AFTC remains the state-of-the-art leader in Aerospace testing, and provides the warfighter with cutting-edge technology. AFTC does not only celebrate its past, but we continue to lead from the front. Join our team today and make Aerospace history!

The Air Force Test Center is looking for a Full-Time Cyber Test Engineer (NH-0855-03, NH-0854-03, NH-1550-03 or NH-0801-03) to work at the 96 Test Wing, 96 Cyberspace Test Group, Detachment 1, 48 Cyberspace Test Squadron, (Det 1, 48 CTS/CCEL) at Edwards Air Force Base in Edwards, CA.

NO 6-MONTH WAIT! Recently retired and/or retiring from MILITARY service ARE eligible for immediate appointment for AFTC positions. The 180-day waiting period has been waived for AFTC to hire recently retired and/or retiring service members.

Full-time Air Force Civilian Service employees enjoy the below benefits, and more!
• Paid Time-Off:
o 11 Federal Holidays off per year
o Vacation time (Annual Leave) accumulates based on length of employment. Starts at 13 days (104 hours) per year and up to 26 days (208 hours) per year.
o 13 sick days per year (104 hours)
• Various Medical, Dental & Vision packages to choose from for entire family.
• Retirement:
o Pension: Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)
o 401K: Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) available with up to 5% agency matching.
• Flexible work schedules and shift work may be available (depends on position)
• Employee assistance Programs
• Health and Wellness resources
• Tuition Assistance & Professional Development opportunities
• Many career enhancement and promotion opportunities

To learn more about our benefits, check out the following link:

• This position MAY be eligible for a recruitment/relocation incentive. Specifics will be discussed with the Selecting Official.

Telework Information:
• Eligible for situational telework only, including Emergency and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) prescribed “Unscheduled Telework.”

Travel Requirements: Up to 25% Travel possible

This position has a typical 2024 salary range of $101,121 - $156,323 (includes locality).

Announcement Closes: 12 July 2024 at 11:59 pm (EST)

Position specific skills and experience desired in a potential candidate:
- 2 years of experience as Electrical/Electronics Engineer, Computer Scientist or Computer Engineer required.
- Experience working on military aircraft offensive and defensive avionics systems, subsystems and required support systems or equipment desired.
- CompTIA Security+ certification - If not already obtained, candidate must be willing to pursue and obtain certification within 6 months of assignment.
- Knowledge and experience in the field of RF is highly desired.

The primary purpose of this position is to perform professional scientific/engineering work in support of projects/programs pertaining to the developmental test and evaluation of Department of Defense (DOD) and commercial Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR), weapon systems, offensive and defensive avionics system and related support systems. Focusing on all cybersecurity test and acquisition activities in the Detachment and across the Squadron.

Major Duties:
- Cyber Tool Development: Collaborate with penetration testers to understand project requirements for avionic cyber vulnerability assessments. Develop, document, and deliver tools using commercial products or in-house made tools to support penetration testing initiatives.
- Documentation and System Sustainment: Contribute to the improvement of documentation for test systems, ensuring clarity and usability for end-users. Keep systems up to date by working with vendors and partners to obtain latest software.
- Collaborative Teamwork: Collaborate effectively within a team environment, sharing insights and expertise to enhance overall project success. Report of project status at weekly tag up meetings.
- Continuous Advancement and Collaboration: Act as a driving force for the organization's commitment to staying at the forefront of evaluating avionic cyber security, continually seeking to discover innovative solutions.

- U.S. Citizenship
- Obtain & maintain Security clearance.
- This is a designated Drug Testing Position.
- Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or related discipline from an ABET certified university.
- Defense Acquisition Work Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification (Level ll- required) - must be able to obtain certification within 1-2 years of assignment.
- Knowledge of professional concepts, principles, techniques, and practices of specialized multiple engineering disciplines.
- Knowledge to evaluate complex programs to ensure that system cybersecurity requirements, interfaces, capabilities, and program factors are considered in planning, monitoring, and reviewing cybersecurity artifacts, system security engineering documents, and RMF system security plans as part of the acquisition process.
- Knowledge of integrated aerospace vehicles, ground systems or related systems/subsystems.

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Equal Opportunity Employer. U.S. citizenship required. Must be of legal working age.

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