Cyber Security Specialist at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre

100%, Lugano, permanent

Founded in 1991, the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) develops and provides the key supercomputing capabilities required to solve important problems for science and/or society. The center is operated by ETH Zürich and is located in Lugano with additional offices in Zurich.

The next generation “Alps” system infrastructure being introduced at CSCS will replace our 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.

Job description

The Cyber Security Specialist position offers a wide range of technical challenges at the forefront of technology development, and involves the following key responsibilities:

  • Design and implement measures needed to improve CSCS security stance, and to deter cyber attacks
  • Establish solutions for the systematic and proactive analysis of events to determine intrusion and malicious events
  • Prevent or handle security incidents. Propose and coordinate the implementation of solutions or mitigations
  • Conduct penetration tests and perform in-depth reviews of internally developed products to identify vulnerabilities
  • Strengthen security-related aspects of ongoing multidisciplinary initiatives across our Centre
  • Foster a security-aware culture through different forms of training and engagement for our employees and community
  • Keep your skills sharp on the latest security and technology developments. Select and evaluate security-related products

You will join our cyber security group, which plays a critical role in maintaining CSCS security posture.

Your profile

As a Cyber Security Specialist, you are expected to have an in-depth understanding and comprehensive hands-on experience of cybersecurity technologies, threats prevention, identification and resolution.

You are expected to have a higher education degree in Computer Science (or related fields) and at least 5 years of demonstrated experience in network and IT security, preferably in both a medium-sized data centre as well as in a public cloud context.

The following are also considered requirements for the position:

  • Certifications in network and security administration such as CEH, CySA+ or equivalents are considered essential for this position
  • Extensive experience with various Linux distributions, firewalls, and intrusion detection/prevention systems (IDS)
  • Experience with private or public Cloud environments (mainly Kubernetes, containerization and ecosystem) as well as with DevOps tools and methods

As part of our security team, you will interact with all areas of the centres and in particular with our Identity and Access Management (IAM) team. Hence, good knowledge of OIDC/OAuth protocols and workflows is desirable.

Besides your motivation to accept new challenges and also 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 can work under pressure in diverse teams.

You are a team player and feels comfortable working in an international environment.

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We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

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:

  • Motivation letter
  • Resume
  • Relevant certificates and diplomas

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about CSCS can be found on our website www.cscs.ch. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Mr. Stefano Schuppli, schuppli@cscs.ch (no applications).

For recruitment services the GTC of ETH Zurich apply.

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.

Curious? So are we.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  • Motivation letter
  • Resume
  • Relevant certificates and diplomas

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about CSCS can be found on our website www.cscs.ch. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Mr. Stefano Schuppli, schuppli@cscs.ch (no applications).

For recruitment services the GTC of ETH Zurich apply.

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.