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The MITRE Corporation Associate Embedded Security Engineer in Bedford, Massachusetts

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MITRE’s Electronic Systems Development and Embedded Security department is seeking to hire highly motivated entry-level candidates in hardware, firmware and software security for embedded systems to support a range of projects of national significance in the public interest.

Qualified candidates will join a high-performing team focused on low-level hardware, firmware and software security. The team performs hands-on research and analysis, and develops proof-of-concept prototypes to advance the state-of-the-art. Do you want to perform side-channel analysis? We have a custom-developed testbed and world-class expertise. Are you curious about fault injection attacks and countermeasures? Engage in our ongoing internal research in this area. Enjoy Capture-The-Flag (CTF) competitions? Join our team that competes in embedded security competitions or contribute to the MITRE embedded CTF (eCTF) as an organizer or team mentor. Have a revolutionary idea that you want to develop? Propose and lead a research project in our internal R&D program.

Want to do all the above while working with world-class experts and tackling some of our nation’s toughest technical challenges? We’d love to speak with you. Apply for this position!

Responsibilities include:

  • Hands-on security assessments of embedded systems

  • Design and develop secure embedded system prototypes

  • Participate in internal research projects

  • Strengthen your skills through continuous learning, mentorship, and higher education opportunities

Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. (or higher) in Computer Science, Electrical or Computer Engineering with 0-2 years of related experience

  • Must be a US citizen capable of obtaining and maintaining a US government Secret clearance

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience and/or interest in one or more embedded security topics including but not limited to side-channel analysis, fault induction attacks, board-level and firmware/software reverse engineering and vulnerability discovery

  • Working knowledge, familiarity with specific tools or programs

  • Technical project examples, demonstrated skills go here

Preferred Qualifications:

Highly-qualified candidates would meet several of the following preferred qualifications, however, we do not expect any individual to meet all of these and are looking to fill multiple positions according to technical expertise.

Experience with one or more of the following:

  • Software and hardware reverse engineering

  • Side-channel analysis

  • Fault injection attacks

  • Hands-on reverse engineering techniques (JTAG/UART probing, PCB mods and RE, etc.)

Familiarity with one or more of the following:

  • Scientific/numeric computing experience with Python

  • Statistical signal processing/machine learning techniques

  • Invasive/semi-invasive attacks

  • Physically Unclonable Functions (PUFs)

  • Operating systems & kernel internals knowledge

  • Compiler internals, debuggers, disassemblers, and other low-level development tools

  • Commercial embedded and/or hardware security technologies (e.g. Trusted Platform Modules, Boot Guard, Secure Boot, ARM TrustZone, etc.)

  • Common cryptographic algorithms (e.g. AES, 3DES, RSA, ECC, etc.) and protocols (e.g. TLS, Diffie-Hellman key exchange, etc.)

  • Common weaknesses and modern attacks on cryptographic algorithms and protocols

    This requisition requires the candidate to have a minimum of the following clearance(s):

    This requisition requires the hired candidate to have or obtain, within one year from the date of hire, the following clearance(s):

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