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Staff Threat Research Engineer

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Material Security

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Redwood City, CA, USA · Remote
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2023
As a Staff Threat Research Engineer at Material Security, you will be contributing directly to the product by improving the capability to detect email-based threats. Your mission is to leverage your analytical skills to identify and track threats and adversaries that have been able to sneak past other email security systems and to help mature our internal detection and response program. Your day-to-day will involve a mix of exploration, analysis, triage, and building directly alongside world-class engineers and security experts.


  • Improve the processes, tooling, and methodologies used to detect malicious or otherwise dangerous emails.
  • Author detection rules that allow customers to detect email-based threats where other tools have failed.
  • Research attacker campaigns to identify ways to fingerprint attacker activity, infrastructure, and tactics.
  • Identify signals and features that are useful for training message classification systems.
  • Ensure a high standard of privacy for our customers’ data.
  • Work with our Security Architects and customers to drive down risk by improving customer email security posture and leveraging their data to enable them to make better informed decisions around risk.

What We're Looking For

  • Technical Ability: Solid data analysis skills including writing SQL queries, experience writing detections, responding to security incidents, and the ability to parse through large datasets.
  • Security Domain Expertise: A successful candidate should be intimately familiar with modern adversary behavior and techniques and understand how to leverage data sources to identify them.
  • Collaboration & Communication: We take pride in being a transparent security team that works hard to find ways to say "yes" and enables Material to grow quickly and securely. As a Security Engineer, you'll be working closely with software engineers, data scientists, and product managers. This requires a collaborative spirit and great communication skills.
  • Ownership: We love security engineers who deeply care about the impact of their work and find satisfaction in a job well done. The Security Team at Material is passionate about building things in a first-class manner and avoiding shortcuts that accrue technical debt and increase toil across the team. We expect candidates to understand how to build and implement tooling to be robust and resilient.
  • Breadth & Growth: Being a great security engineer means continually learning new and more advanced techniques in your field, but also gaining a breadth of skills to bridge the gaps in getting things done. Whether it is improving your software development abilities, becoming an expert in a specific security subdomain, product management, or customer care, you have the drive to learn more and more.
Material Security is a remote-first workplace with an office in Redwood City, California.
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Compensation at Material Security is determined by a range of factors, including but not limited to the individual’s particular combination of knowledge, skills, competencies, and experience. The projected compensation range for this position is $190,400 to $301,400. The projected salary range is just one component of Material Security’s total compensation package for employees.

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