Software Security Engineer

QuantuMDx Careers

The Software Security Engineer will develop software for our Q-POC™ platform, which is designed to diagnose infectious disease within minutes and make a real impact on human healthcare. 

As a software security engineer, you will perform authorised tests on computer systems in order to expose weaknesses in their security that could be exploited by criminals. You can choose to specialise in manipulating a particular type of system, such as:

  • Networks and infrastructures
  • Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems
  • Embedded computer systems
  • web/mobile applications
  • SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) control systems
  • Internet of Things (IoTs)
  • Embedded system.

As well as identifying problems, you may also provide advice on how to minimise risks. You may work in-house for large companies where system security is a crucial function, for example, the NHS.  Penetration testers are also known as pen testers or ethical hackers.

Key Roles & Responsibilities

As a software security engineer, you’ll understand complex computer systems and technical cyber security terms. This should be accompanied by:

  • work with clients to determine their requirements from the test, for example the number and type of systems they would like testing
  • plan and create penetration methods, scripts, and tests
  • carry out remote testing of a client’s network or onsite testing of their infrastructure to expose weaknesses in security
  • simulate security breaches to test a system’s relative security
  • create reports and recommendations from your findings, including the security issues uncovered and level of risk
  • advise on methods to fix or lower security risks to systems
  • present your findings, risks and conclusions to management and other relevant parties
  • consider the impact your ‘attack’ will have on the business and its users
  • understand how the flaws that you identify could affect a business, or business function, if they’re not fixed.
  • keep up to date with the latest security and technology developments
  • plan for disaster recovery and create contingency plans in the event of any security breaches
  • monitor for attacks, intrusions and unusual, unauthorised or illegal activity
  • test and evaluate security products
  • use advanced analytic tools to determine emerging threat patterns and vulnerabilities
  • engage in ‘ethical hacking’, for example, simulating security breaches
  • identify potential weaknesses and implement measures, such as firewalls and encryption
  • liaise with stakeholders in relation to cyber security issues and provide future recommendations.

Experience, knowledge and requirements

Essential

  • Proven Agile Software Development experience
  • To enter this industry, you’ll usually need a relevant degree, in-depth knowledge of computer operating systems and at least two to four years of experience in a role related to information security. Useful degree subjects include: computer science, computing and information systems, cyber security, forensic computing, network management, or computer systems engineering.
  • As well as relevant degree qualifications, you’ll often be expected to have one or more professional qualifications (trainee and graduate roles will usually include training and certification in these qualifications as part of the role). These include:
    • CREST Registered Penetration Tester (CRT)
    • Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)
    • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Certification
    • GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN) Certification
    • company certification schemes from major vendors and equipment providers like Microsoft (MCP, MCSE) or Cisco (CCNA Security).
  • Eligible to work full time in the UK without restriction
  • You may need to undertake security clearance checks when applying for jobs.

Desirable

  • an in-depth understanding of computer systems and their operation
  • good understanding of cloud platform: aws or azure.
  • working knowledge in implementing vulnerability tools within the CI/CD process.
  • excellent spoken and written communication to explain your methods to a technical and non-technical audience
  • attention to detail, to be able to plan and execute tests while considering client requirements
  • the ability to think creatively and strategically to penetrate security systems
  • good time management and organisational skills to meet client deadlines
  • ethical integrity to be trusted with a high level of confidential information
  • the ability to think laterally and ‘outside the box’
  • teamwork skills, to support colleagues and share techniques
  • exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills and the persistence to apply different techniques to get the job done
  • business skills to understand the implications of any weaknesses you find
  • commitment to continuously updating your technical knowledge base.
  • Minimum BEng/BSc (or equivalent) in a Computer Science, Computer Science and Electronics, or Software Engineering degree is highly desirable.

Company Overview

QuantuMDx is a progressive MedTech company passionate about empowering the world to control disease and reduce suffering. QuantuMDx solves real-world diagnostic problems by creating multiplex molecular solutions for the Point of Need, for anyone, anywhere. QuantuMDx has global operations and strategic partnerships – keeping it at the forefront of molecular diagnostics.

The Q-POC™ platform is a rapid, simple to use, portable, sample to answer multiplex PCR device. It has been designed for use in a range of real-world settings, such as hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, dentistry, workplaces and in the field, providing accurate PCR results at the Point of Need.

Q-POC™ and its first test, a SARS-CoV-2 multiplex detection assay, are CE-IVD marked under the In Vitro Diagnostics Directive (98/79/EC), enabling use within Europe. It tests multiple targets of the disease for a future proof COVID-19 testing solution at the Point of Need.

QuantuMDx plans to launch a range of syndromic multiplex testing assays over the coming months and years.

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To apply for this role, please get in touch via recruitment@quantumdx.com, attach your cover letter and CV. Thank you.


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