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Battelle Memorial Institute Senior Vulnerability Researcher in Columbus, Ohio

Battelle’s founding mission “to translate scientific discovery and technology advances into societal benefit” is as relevant today as when we opened our doors over 90 years ago. Our science and technology enhance society's well-being and create critical innovations that drive scientific advances for the future. We conduct groundbreaking research and development, design and manufacture leading-edge products, and deliver critical services for commercial and government customers. Our work meets the needs of the nation when it matters most, and Battelle is committed to driving innovation today and for generations to come.


Do you like solving the hardest computing problems in the world, working on research projects you are passionate about, and competitive mini basketball, and bumper pool? Battelle may be the company for you.

Battelle Cyber Engineers solve the toughest Computer Science problems in the world. We work in small agile teams to push the bounds of computing technology. Our high-powered computer labs include specialized software and hardware, so our engineers have everything they need to invent new Cyber solutions.

Our team is casual. We usually wear t-shirts and jeans. We are a close-knit group and enjoy participating in social activities outside of work. Whether it is visiting local restaurants, bowling, Korean BBQ, or paintball, we always have a good time.

Battelle is committed to its employee’s professional growth. We encourage new ideas with our large Internal Research and Development (IRAD) program where engineers work on projects, they are passionate about. We have the tools and the mentors you will need to take yourself to the next level.

We are seeking a Senior Vulnerability Researcher in the Columbus, OH office location.


  • Performs assignments of a routine degree of complexity by compiling and evaluating the design and test data, preparing technical specifications, analyzing technical data to determine appropriate limits and variables for electrical/electronic systems, components, equipment, and networks.

  • Assists in the interpretation of results and writing of small sections of technical reports.

  • Completes assigned project work within schedule and budget constraints.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field with 10 years of experience or master’s degree in related field with 8 years of experience or PhD with 5 years of experience; or an equivalent combination of education and or experience in a related field.

  • Develop software to run in user-mode or kernel-mode

  • Ability to code in C or C++ Ability to use a scripting language (Python, Perl, Ruby, etc.)

  • Experience with PC and embedded systems architecture to include boot processes and OS internals

  • Experience with a disassembler for vulnerability research (IDA Pro, BinaryNinja, etc.)

  • Understand network protocols

  • Experience with one or more assembly languages (x86, x64, ARM, MIPS, PowerPC, etc.)

  • Experience with one or more debuggers (WinDbg, OllyDbg, gdb, etc.)

  • Experience with vulnerability research on one or more operating systems: Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, MacOS, VxWorks, QNX, RTOSs, or other custom operating systems

  • Ability to demonstrate good organization, communication, problem-solving, and teamwork skills

  • Knowledge of common mitigation techniques (DEP, ASLR, etc.)

  • Familiarity with fuzzers

  • Must be a sole US citizen with an active Secret US Government security clearance


  • Participation in CTFs

  • Ability to analyze assembly-level code on multiple platforms (x86, x64, ARM, MIPS, PowerPC, etc.)

  • Experience with symbolic analysis

  • Ability to analyze network protocols throughout all layers of the network stack

  • Background in software engineering and architecture

  • Active Secret security clearance


The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle’s Legal Department.


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

As a condition of employment, Battelle will inquire about COVID vaccination status, and in the event that vaccinations are mandated at a work location (including client site and Battelle sites) we expect all candidates to comply with these required safety protocols.

Battelle is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact recruiting@battelle.org .

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

For more information about our other openings, please visit www.battelle.org/careers