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The MITRE Corporation Principal Microelectronics/Hardware Security Engineer in Bedford, Massachusetts

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The MITRE Corporation’s Electronic Systems Innovation Center is seeking a Principal Microelectronics and Hardware Security Engineer to lead technical efforts surrounding microelectronics trust and assurance, secure design, and anti-tamper. This position will work across MITRE, its sponsors, academia, and industry to shape and develop highly impactful security solutions and prototypes. The position also includes fostering transition and wider adoption of solutions, beyond prototype development, to make broad impacts in this space. Candidates should have strong technical backgrounds and research experience in this topic space as well as effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Responsibilities include:

This position provides an exciting opportunity to shape the trajectory of the US Government’s technical approach to microelectronics supply chain risk mitigation through innovation, partnership, advisory, and applied research. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Work with MITRE leadership to help set a vision and associated strategy for MITRE’s role in microelectronics security specifically for application in supply chain security, IP protection, and securing USG systems

  • Lead and coordinate research and direct work in microelectronics and embedded systems security

  • Engage with a diverse set of stakeholders and researchers from academia, industry, and Government to identify and abstract underlying problems, connecting them with capabilities and technologies that can measurably reduce national security and economic risks surrounding microelectronics systems

  • Plan and maintain supporting capabilities (lab equipment and related infrastructure) in alignment with current and future research and work program needs

  • Participate in talent acquisition and staff development to help build out a world-class team of experts in this space

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to obtain DoD Secret Clearance

  • B.S. (or higher) in Electrical or Computer Engineering or related field and 10+ years of related experience

  • Expertise and practical experience in microelectronics-based attacks and countermeasures including invasive, semi-invasive, and non-invasive techniques

  • Strong understanding of vulnerabilities throughout the microelectronics lifecycle and supply chain

  • Practical experience with hardware reverse engineering & vulnerability discovery, spanning from microelectronics to system-level

  • Understanding of cryptography and information security concepts

  • Experience in microelectronics and embedded system security architectures

  • Experience leading teams developing or evaluating secure embedded systems Willingness/passion for mentoring and developing junior engineers

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. or PhD in Electrical or Computer Engineering or related field

  • Familiarity with secure US government or commercial systems

  • Ability to work with customers to understand their use cases and formulate a path forward, requires excellent oral and written communication skills for technical and non-technical audiences

  • Ability to build consensus and partnerships across industry, academia, and customers to advance state of the art in microelectronics trust and assurance

  • Expertise in hardware security primitives such as cryptographic engines, secure processors, physically unclonable functions (PUFs), inline memory encryption

  • Experience with secure design for commercial programmable SoCs and FPGAs

  • Expertise in implementation and tool flows for ASIC and FPGA development efforts

  • Experience with common IC manufacturability design practices such as design-for-test & design-for-manufacturability

  • Experience in Anti-Tamper and countermeasure development

  • Experience with identifying critical research lab investments for embedded security

    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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