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CNA is currently seeking a Senior Research Specialist (Cybersecurity research) for our Enterprise Systems and Data Analysis (ESDA) division in our Institute for Public Research. Candidates will join a strong team researching cybersecurity techniques, industry and government trends, and evaluation of the information security needs to support integration of emerging technologies and new entrants, such as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), into the National Airspace System in a safe, efficient, and secure manner. This will involve aligning recommendations to industry cybersecurity best practices and government policies, evaluating concepts and use cases, working with subject matter experts and stakeholders, and supporting the definition of security requirements for future system design. Work may also involve supporting design, use case, and technical specifications for novel artificial intelligence (AI) / machine learning (ML) applications to support new entrants in aviation.

The candidate will support efforts to standardize the approach to identity and access management of aviation systems, by working with program stakeholders, evaluating system needs, and integrating security into a harmonized concept. The candidate will also evaluate cybersecurity-focused analytic methods, AI/ML system design and best practices, and help our government partners to evaluate AI/ML technologies used in aviation. Candidates will also help evaluate use cases, applications, and considerations of the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) for ensuring cybersecurity of systems within the government.

Bachelors degree and 2 years of experience required.


  1. Candidates must have US citizenship as CNA will sponsor new employees for Department of Defense security clearances. 
  2. These positions can be fully remote or hybrid.