Embedded Systems Hardware Reverse Engineer
- Laurel, MD
Are you passionate about making impactful technical contributions to critical national security cyber challenges?Do you love researching the hardest cyber security problems and collaborating with outstanding reverse engineers and developers to build jaw-dropping proof-of-concept capabilities?Do you have experience crafting exploits on embedded systems?If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our innovative team at APL!We are seeking a creative engineer to find vulnerabilities in embedded systems before our adversaries do. We have world-class facilities uniquely tailored to analyzing communications systems, transportation systems, and critical infrastructure. We strive to foster an innovative and collaborative team environment where engineers can hack the latest technologies to understand how they work and how to break them.As a member of our team, you will...- Exploit embedded systems- Join forces with APL team members to identify vulnerabilities or security weaknesses stemming from publicly disclosed vulnerabilities or previously unknown vulnerabilities- Build innovative and mission-aligned proof-of-principle capabilities and/or mitigations that can be deployed within operational constraints- Explore new techniques for automating embedded system reverse engineering- Circulate knowledge by clearly articulating ideas through papers and presentations to team members, APL management, and government decision makersWe are looking for team members that have attained a degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or a related technical degree.You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you have...- Knowledge of embedded hardware and software design including printed circuit board (PCB) design, development, and testing (e.g., EAGLE CAD, Altium, etc.)- Experience with low-level embedded programming (e.g., C, Assembly, VHDL/Verilog, etc.)- Strength with tools including oscilloscopes, multi-meters, power supplies, and logic analyzers and experience with soldering, prototyping, and bread boarding- Proficiency with software debuggers and static analysis tools (IDA Pro, Binary Ninja, Ghidra, etc.)- Familiarity with Unix/Linux operating systems and embedded systems development toolchains- A Bachelor's degree with relevant professional experience- Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a TS/SCI+poly level clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you ...- Have experience with debugging interfaces (e.g., JTAG, SWD, etc.), code security mechanisms and their weaknesses, hardware diagnostic tools, and signal/protocol analysis (e.g., RS232, Serial, CAN, etc.)- Previously held dynamic technical leadership roles- Possess an active TS/SCI clearance with full scope polygraphWhy Work at APL?The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.
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