UTRCI Research Scientist, Cyber-physical Systems Security

United Technologies Research Centre Ireland – Research & Development

Job Description Summary:

United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) is the corporate research center of United Technologies Corporation (UTC), a dynamic global Fortune top 50 corporation operating at the leading edge of commercial and military aviation, aerospace systems, climate control, elevator design, and security and fire protection.

United Technologies Research Centre Ireland, Ltd. (UTRCI), established in 2009, conducts research into the next generation of energy and security systems for high-performance buildings, generating world-class technologies for UTC’s commercial businesses worldwide. Recently, UTRC Ireland added aerospace systems research to its portfolio to support UTC’s large industrial presence in Europe. UTRCI invites qualified individuals to apply for the following position in its Cork office. A competitive compensation and benefits package will be provided to the successful candidate.

Learn more @ www.utrc.utc.com

Job Responsibilities:

UTRCI seeks candidates with expertise in cyber-physical systems security to join their Networks & Embedded Systems group in Cork, Ireland. A key challenge in cyber-physical system design is eliminating or mitigating the real-world impact of cybersecurity threats in applications such as aircraft systems, smart buildings, and critical infrastructure. Successful candidates are expected to develop and apply cyber security and cyber-physical security capabilities across the full range of UTC products and services by:

  • Applying risk assessment methodologies and identifying attack scenarios within distributed cyber-physical systems
  • Assessing vulnerabilities and developing countermeasures for emerging products and services through instrumentation, data analytics, impact assessment, and resilient control.
  • Implementing industry best practices and addressing gaps in state of the art cyber-physical security methodologies.
  • Applying cyber-physical security concepts within the constraints of real-time embedded systems.

The successful candidate will:

  • Contribute to an established research agenda related to UTC’s aerospace and building & industrial systems technologies.
  • Coordinate and execute R&D activities within international cyber-security research projects.
  • Provide competitive advantage for UTC business units as part of a multidisciplinary and international team of experts.
  • Contribute towards technical strategy and business development.

Basic Qualifications:


A PhD in Computer Science, Electrical or Computer Engineering, with significant industrial or academic experience, or a master’s degree with significant industrial or academic experience.

Essential Experience/Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have excellent experience in several of the following areas:

  • Research and development of cyber security applied to cyber-physical systems, including risk assessment, identifying and demonstrating vulnerabilities, countermeasures, intrusion detection and forensics.
  • Good knowledge of cyber-physical systems, wireless sensor networks, and embedded systems.
  • Technical contributions, including patents and publications in refereed technical journals and major conferences, and successful proposals for external funding/contracts/grants.
  • Innovative strategic and technical thinking applied to real-world problems.

The ideal candidate is:

  • A self-starter with an entrepreneurial attitude towards innovation.
  • Able to partner with universities, government agencies, national labs, and professional organizations to meet organizational objectives within time and budget constraints.
  • Well-organized and has excellent interpersonal, leadership and communication skills to work in international teams.
  • Able to adapt to new challenges and go beyond the original field of expertise.
  • Willing to champion and challenge new technical ideas.

What we offer

Employees at UTRC-I enjoy a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team-based working environment. At UTRC you will be able to actively collaborate with national and international universities, work with research teams from other UTRC research centers around the globe, bring your ideas to life through our innovation pipeline process and work in many diverse technical domains ranging from building automation to aerospace.

UTRCI will provide a competitive compensation and benefits package to the successful candidate.

Additional Comments

This position is based at UTRC’s European hub in Cork, Ireland. To be eligible to apply, candidates must be legally entitled to work and reside in Ireland.

Candidates can apply online at: http://www.utrc.utc.com/ by selecting the “Job Postings (International)” option in the drop-down menu under “Careers”.

United Technologies Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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