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Businesses United Technologies Research Center Job ID 41215 Date posted 02/05/2019 City Cork State Munster Country Ireland

United Technologies Corporation (UTC; NYSC: UTX) is headquartered in Farmington, CT, just outside of Hartford, CT. We employ over 204,000 talented individuals globally, achieve net sales in excess of $60 billion, and invest $4B each year back into research & development activities. Our aerospace businesses include Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines and UTC Aerospace Systems -- the combination of which make us the largest aerospace company in the world. Our commercial businesses include Otis elevators and escalators and UTC Climate, Controls & Security -- a leading provider of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, fire and security systems and building automation controls.

United Technologies Corporation was founded by some of the world's greatest inventors. We helped build the Second Industrial Revolution and brought about a century of urbanization and globalization. Now we need your help to build the next one.

Tech@UTC is the UTC technology organization, comprised of the global engineering function, several focused centers of expertise, our skunkworks organization -- United Technologies Advanced Projects (UTAP), and our advanced Research & Development lab -- United Technologies Research Center (UTRC). By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, we create smart, sustainable solutions that prove we can do the big things the right way. We put the "T" in UTC.

United Technologies Research Centre Ireland, Ltd. (UTRCI) is UTRC's European research hub, created to fully leverage a global network of innovation. UTRCI works with universities, research institutions, and industry throughout Europe to further its research and development mission in aerospace and building systems.

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 Fixed Term Contract position in its Cork office. A competitive compensation and benefits package will be provided to the successful candidates.

The United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) is the corporate research center of UTC, operating at the leading edge of commercial and military aviation, aerospace systems, climate control, elevator design, and security and fire protection. At UTRC, we create new ideas and opportunities by collaborating across time zones, geographies and cultures. We are a community of high performing inventors, innovators, thinkers, manufacturers, motivators, leaders, problem solvers, dreamers and achievers.

We work with universities, external research organizations, and global business units to identify, develop and demonstrate innovative technology solutions, products, services and intelligent systems. We are looking for scientists and engineers who have a passion for innovation and a high tolerance for ambiguity. You must be an independent thinker and self-starter with a demonstrated ability to produce high-quality technical content by collaborating with fellow researchers and product specialists. You will have the opportunity to continuously develop and invent new technologies, products and processes. At UTRC, you'll be part of an evolving, globally diverse company that's moving fast to shape the future of technology - one full of career opportunities and the chance to contribute and grow in a variety of ways. We are committed to recruiting and retaining the best and brightest people from the broadest and most diverse talent pool possible, so that we can serve our customers globally. If you have ideas, inspiration and expertise to continue developing products and systems that make the world a better place to live, then we have a great opportunity for you to contribute to our continued legacy of innovation.

UTRCI seeks candidates with expertise in cyber security to join their Systems Analysis & Assurance group in Cork, Ireland. A key challenge in cyber-security design is eliminating or mitigating the real-world impact of cyber-security 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:

  • Developing model-based design and software-based tool solutions to support secure system design, implementation and integration

  • Assessing vulnerabilities and developing countermeasures for emerging products and services through instrumentation, security analytics, impact assessment, and resilient control.

  • Identifying attack scenarios within distributed cyber-physical systems and perform risk assessment methodologies

  • Implementing industry best practices and addressing gaps in state of the art cyber- security methodologies.

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.



A PhD in Computer Science, Electrical or Computer Engineering, with a few years of industrial or postdoctoral academic experience, or a master's degree with a vast experience of industry or academia.

Essential Experience/Qualifications

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

  • Research and development of cyber security solutions applied to software or hardware artefacts including hands on expertise in crypto algorithms and their implementation, identifying and demonstrating vulnerabilities, countermeasures, intrusion detection and forensics.

  • Verification and validation of crypto-system functional and security requirements within the context of secure supply chains and critical infrastructure protection

  • Experience in applying formal reasoning and analysis techniques over security policies, attack models, and system architectures

  • Technical contributions, including 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:

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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Please Note that this position is only for a Fixed Term Contract ( these can either be for 12 months or 24 months depending on departmental/project needs)

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