Cyber Counterintelligence Officer (Experienced)
Sandia Corporation
 Albuquerque, NM

What Your Job Will Be Like

Are you passionate about research dedicated to detecting, defending, and disrupting the actions of cyber bad actors from penetrating one of the premier national laboratories in the United States? Are you dreaming of a chance to develop protective technologies, research and conduct threat assessments, and analyze government computer networks? If so, you will want to apply for this opportunity to join Sandia's unique counterintelligence and intelligence multidisciplinary team committed to the protection of Sandia's employees and cutting-edge technologies.

To support Sandia's national security missions, our cyber counterintelligence officers (CCIOs) engage in a variety of activities.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Serve as a cyber-counterintelligence investigator, integrating CI cyber-investigative and technical expertise supporting the Department of Energy (DOE) Counterintelligence Directorate.
  • Evaluate technical cyber intelligence and complex structured and unstructured data to identify malicious and foreign cyber threats targeting SNL personnel, technologies, and networks.
  • Research, identify, investigate, and analyze cyber events of CI significance.
  • Adapt and develop tools for applying standard cyber security and analysis practices to the CI mission.
  • Conduct liaison and work cyber counterintelligence investigations with interagency partners, other CIOs, and CI analysts.
  • Provide national threat assessments and cyber expertise to SNL and OCI.
  • Collaborate with the SNL Computer Security Incident Response Team and other cyber security and information technology components as well as other CCIOs across the DOE complex.
  • Collaborate with SNL CI analysts and investigators to identify and track adversaries to threats targeting SNL personnel, technologies, and networks.
  • Report changes, trends and implications of evolving CI-cyber issues and make them actionable and useful to OCI, CI partners and leadership.
  • Develop and present CI-cyber briefings and lead integration of findings into CI products and briefings.

Qualifications We Require

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a related discipline, plus seven years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience with a United States federal government agency or contractor of, such as the DOE, FBI, CIA, or DOD.
  • Active DOE Q-level security clearance or DOD/OGA equivalent with the ability to obtain a SCI clearance and the ability to maintain the clearance level required to start.
  • Cyber investigative know-how within the counterintelligence field with specific experience in the collection, analysis, evaluation and dissemination of CI-cyber information.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Graduate degree in Computer Science/Engineering, Computer Information Systems, or Computer Forensics.
  • Experience in conducting computer forensics, to include but not limited to, mirror imaging, seizing, storing, and preserving digital evidence in accordance with federal rules of evidence. Thereafter, having the ability to draft reports explaining how digital evidence was obtained and describe what was found.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, having the ability to explain complex ideas clearly and concisely.
  • Federal level certification/training in investigations and/or forensic analysis.
  • Knowledge of investigative skills, to include case documentation, preservation of evidence, interviewing techniques, and liaison experience with other government agencies.
  • Familiarity with advanced persistent threat modus operandi and indicators.

About Our Team

Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) Office of Counterintelligence (OCI) is responsible for managing all counterintelligence-related activities at the laboratories, both in New Mexico and California, on behalf of the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Office of Intelligence (IN) and Counterintelligence.

About Sandia

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
  • Extraordinary co-workers
  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
  • Flexible schedules, generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

  • These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.