Embedded Software Developer and Reverse Engineer (TS/SCI w/ Poly reqd)

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking an Embedded Software Developer and Reverse Engineer.

Job Summary:

Work with researchers and developers to develop novel software applications compatible with a variety of embedded devices in support of various Government sponsors.


  1. Participate and potentially lead teams in the analysis and reverse engineering of embedded platform firmware and operating systems to understand security vulnerabilities. (35%)

  2. Build a deep understanding of poorly-documented interfaces by dissecting and reverse engineering existing code and binaries, with a focus on how these interfaces affect overall system security. Using knowledge gained through the application of reverse-engineering and other research techniques, design and develop low-level C and assembly applications for embedded ARM platforms that interface directly with platform hardware. (35%)

  3. Develop and execute test plans to ensure all requirements of developed capabilities are fully satisfied. (15%)

  4. Prepare technical reports, present results, and demonstrate system capabilities to peer review groups, managers, and sponsors. (15%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

BS in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related field with 5 years related experience with strong C/C development skills and a fundamental understanding of embedded software architecture and development. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently and on a team, outstanding written and oral communication skills, and good organizational skills. Must possess a SECRET security clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

MS in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field with 8 years related experience. 5 years or more experience in embedded platform-level software development and reverse engineering desired. 2 years experience in technical leadership. Prior experience working with DoD and IC communities.

Special Working Conditions: Some local travel to sponsor sites may be required.

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a Government security clearance investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship. Must be eligible for DOD clearance requiring background investigation and/or polygraph examination. Preference for current SSBI.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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