Information Security Specialist

80%-100%, Lugano, permanent

Founded in 1991, CSCS, the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, develops and provides the key supercomputing capabilities required to solve important problems to science and/or society. The centre is operated by ETH Zürich and is located in Lugano with additional offices in Zurich. The next generation “Alps” system infrastructure will enable CSCS to continue fulfilling its mission. It will replace CSCS’s existing Piz Daint supercomputer and serve as a general-purpose system open to the broad community of researchers in Switzerland, and the rest of the world. The information security specialist position is critical for maintaining compliance with ETH Zürich policies while ensuring the continuous development and integration of security architectures alongside the advancements of supercomputing technologies at CSCS.

Job description

The position offers a wide range of technical challenges and the possibility to work at the forefront of technology development and implementation including development of a security vision, strategy and needs for the centre. Key responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Installation and configuration of security software for monitoring and preventing breaches and violations
  • Conducting penetration tests to detect vulnerabilities in information systems
  • Planning and management of response and countermeasures in the event of cyber attacks
  • Training and education of employees on information and data security, and cybersecurity procedures
  • Serving as Information Security officer (ISO) for CSCS interfacing with ETH Zürich Chief Information Security officer (CISO)
  • Recommending security changes to the CSCS leadership and management

Your profile

As an Information Security Specialist, you are expected to have an in-depth understanding and hands-on experience of cybersecurity technologies, threats, and countermeasures to ensure secure operations of the data centre. You are expected to have a higher education degree in Computer Science or Information Technology (IT) and at least 5 years of demonstrated experience in network and IT security, preferably in a data centre or public cloud environment. Experience in performing analysis with SIEM technologies such as Splunk and ELK together with experience in performing proactive and reactive threat hunting using MITRE ATT&CK or similar frameworks are considered essential for this position. Certifications in network and security administration such as CISA & CISSP, CySA+ or equivalent together with OSCP, GIAC (blue team, read team and cloud) certifications are also considered essential for this position. You are expected to have an in-depth understanding and working knowledge of security appliances/tools such as host based and network based IDS/IPSes, WAFs, etc, and practical experience with various Linux distributions, firewalls and intrusion detection systems. Design and implementation of Zero Trust Architecture in an operational environment would be considered a plus. 

Beside your motivation to accept new challenges and work independently to solve complex problems within a vibrant and collaborative scientific environment, you are characterized by strong communication and organizational skills. You are a solution-oriented person and are able to work under pressure in diverse teams. You are a team player and feel comfortable working in an international environment. You will work closely with the CSCS Identity and Access Management (IAM) and Security teams.

Your workplace

We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Relevant certificates and diplomas

For further information about CSCS please visit our website www.cscs.ch. Questions regarding the position should be directed by e-mail to Dr. Maxime Martinasso maxime.martinasso@cscs.ch (no applications).

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In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.