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Research Computing Cloud Security Analyst

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

Research Computing in the Office of Information Technology (OIT) has a new position for a Cloud Security Analyst! This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a highly visible and important effort in support of our research institutes in a new position, on a new team, providing a new and important service! Reporting to the Associate Director of Public Cloud and Enterprise Cloud Architect, this position will be a key contributor to the operations of public cloud environments across CU Boulder.

The Cloud Security Analyst will analyze public cloud technology options across AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud platforms to assist the OIT Public Cloud Broker team in building appropriate guardrails and controls for the storage and processing of secure data. This position will also analyze security alerts and respond to threats across the CU Boulder public cloud environments.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

OIT will be valued by campus as a strategic, inclusive, and innovative partner in advancing learning and discovery in order to enable CU Boulder to be a premier public university.

OIT enables campus priorities by providing high-value IT services and solutions. 

Trust, as a foundation for how we engage with one another and with campus partners, along with 
Avid curiosity in how to better support the campus and our stakeholders while 
Fostering empowerment and authentic engagement amongst ourselves and 
Celebrating inclusivity that promotes a sense of belonging while acknowledging that each person is unique and valued. 

OIT will advance learning and discovery by delivering high-value reliable IT services and solutions that:
Provide a fluid and adaptable academic and student experience 
Enable research competitiveness and 
Deliver core infrastructure and enterprise IT services for business effectiveness.

Research Computing, formed in 2010, and with a growing regional and national presence, is an exciting and fast-paced innovator and campus leader as well as a provider of comprehensive CI supporting the CU Boulder campus research computing, and data needs.
Based on our departmental goals and our commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, OIT particularly welcomes applications from candidates whose knowledge, skills, and abilities, and desire to contribute to an inclusive campus environment, will help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Security Operations:
  • Monitor the CU Boulder public cloud environment for threats and provide response support to address active events. This will include such diverse tasks as performing security and compliance assessments; implementing and managing tools to assess our security posture on an ongoing basis; work with development teams in the timely resolution and root cause analysis of service incidents; creating requirements and stories for the Cloud Broker Agile team to continuously improve our security posture. 
Cloud Engineer:
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the technical components of our Cloud Broker service. This will include the full development cycle from overall engineering, through integration, test, and deployment. Technical components of the Cloud Broker service include Infrastructure as Code, Continuous Integration and Tests, Deployment Tooling, and Applications. This role will also assist with engineering, facilitation, and implementation of the hybrid-cloud model as defined by the emerging OIT Cloud Strategy.
  • Participate in the Agile team supporting public cloud technologies.
  • Facilitate technical planning activities, providing analysis of implementation plans and their impact on budget, staffing, and existing infrastructure.
Evaluate Potential Technologies:
  • Investigate new technologies that support our tactical and strategic objectives, testing and evaluating their applicability to key organizational and program objectives.
  • Stay abreast of new products or techniques that will help the Research Computing Security team continue to achieve our goal of providing a secure environment for our research institutes. 
  • Anticipate changes to infrastructure, advances in technology, and changes in regulatory expectations that may create performance constraints or opportunities to achieve system objectives.
Contribute to open and community source projects:
  • Make use of open and community source projects in support of the Cloud Broker service, interacting positively with these projects and contributing back bug reports, fixes, and enhancements. 

What You Should Know

  • This position will be primarily remote with occasional team meetings on the CU Boulder campus.

What We Can Offer

  • Annual salary range for this position is $90,000 to $104,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field. A combination of education and related experience may be substituted for the degree on a year for year basis.
  • 2 years’ experience with cloud services and technologies (AWS, MS Azure, GCP). 
  • 2 years of experience in scripting and automation or application development.
  • 1+ years of experience managing systems to meet compliance controls (e.g. FISMA, NIST, HIPAA, PCI-DSS, etc.).

What You Will Need

  • Ability to work independently and be proactive to ensure proper availability of systems/services.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with the ability to diagnose and troubleshoot technical issues.
  • Strong collaborative skills and ability to work with colleagues to solve complex problems.
  • Strong customer service and relationship skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Public Cloud provider security experience and certification (e.g. AZ-500, AWS Certified Security – Specialty, Google Cloud Security Engineer).
  • Cloud Workload Protection Platform (CWPP) or Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) experience.
  • Experience monitoring and managing the security operations of enterprise systems and applications (CloudWatch, CloudTrail, Azure Monitoring, Security Center, Sentinel, Log Analytics).
  • Experience with IT security, networking, system design, and data privacy best practices.
  • Experience with UNIX, Linux, Windows, or database administration in an enterprise or research environment.
  • Understanding of networking, DNS, and DHCP. 
  • Understanding of firewall and load balancing technologies.
  • Experience with Infrastructure as Code tools (Terraform, CloudFormation, etc).

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by January 24, 2022 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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