NASA IV&V Vulnerability Researcher & Exploit Developer - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

West Virginia
United States


SAIC is the sole provider of Systems and Software Assurance Services to the NASA Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Program located in Fairmont, West Virginia.  At the NASA Katherine Johnson IV&V Facility, we support NASA's IV&V Program, delivering analysis and verification & validation of safety-critical and mission-critical software for a number of important NASA programs, including both human and robotic exploration as well as earth and space science collection platforms.


The successful candidate will learn to work independently and as a member of a team in one or more of these IV&V projects or other IV&V Program functional areas.  Responsibilities includes simulating real-life cyber attacks with the goal of helping an organization improve its security posture. This is a highly technical hands-on role that will utilize development/programming, live testing, system administration, reverse engineering, vulnerability assessments, system/network hardening, penetration testing and ultimately creativity skills. It is an opportunity for a team player to enhance a world-class team and learn/teach new skills.

Daily Responsibilities:

  • Experience conducting advance host/network/application penetration testing as a member of a technical team on live/operational systems
  • Perform reverse engineering and static/dynamic test of desktop/web applications to find security flaws like zero-day vulnerabilities
  • Review custom applications source code for security flaws and vulnerabilities
  • Perform full-scope penetration test activities like zero-day discovery, exploit development and exploitation of vulnerabilities on operational network infrastructure devices, services, various operating systems and desktop/web applications
  • Test the exploitation of security policies and access controls in restricted/secure environments (e.g. GPO bypass, privilege escalation and A/V evasion)
  • Capable of doing the necessary research and development to produce TTPs and products (e.g. exploits, applications, etc.) to achieve systems exploitation
  • Be able to review, modify and develop software programs or scripts in Assembly, C++, C#, VBS, Python, Perl, Ruby, PowerShell, Bash, JavaScript, Java, PHP and other languages for systems/applications exploitation, data analysis, systems configuration and task automation
  • Work extensively from the Windows and UNIX/Linux command line (e.g. Bash and PowerShell)
  • Able to test, identify and exploit vulnerabilities in web applications without the use of scanning tools
  • Informed in current information security threats, trends and vulnerabilities
  • Research and formulate recommendations for vulnerabilities
  • Employ extensive use of Microsoft Office main tools: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Visio to prepare plans, reports, diagrams, tables, briefings, etc.
  • Be able to present, demonstrate, explain and document operational impact of a particular vulnerability or the combination of many vulnerabilities and flaws
  • Develop proof-of-concept examples and scenarios for reports and live demonstrations
  • Create/document tactic, techniques and procedures (TTP) to train and expand/share knowledge with customers and other team members


  • Bachelors and nine (9) years or more of cyber experience; Masters and seven (7) years or more cyber experience ; PhD or JD and four (4) years or more cyber experience. In lieu of a degree, 13 years of IT experience with 9 years or more of cyber related experience. 
  • 3+ years conducting advanced host/network/application penetration testing as a member of a technical team on live/operational systems  (knowledge must be beyond Metasploit Frameworks and vulnerability scanning tools).
  • Ability to find/identify zero-day vulnerabilities through reverse engineering, source code review and dynamic/static testing. 
  • Previous coding and development of exploits/proof of concepts (PoCs) as well
  • Current DoD SECRET clearance with the ability to be cleared up to TS/SCI