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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Group 51--Summer Research Program Intern in Lexington, Massachusetts

Internet of Things devices, critical infrastructure, and sensor and communication systems all have one thing in common: they interface the digital and physical domains. The Cyber-Physical Systems Group conducts research to understand the cybersecurity implications of these physical interfaces and use the results of our research to develop prototypes that serve as pathfinders for future technological solutions.

The Cyber Physical Systems Group tackles key problems in the convergence of cybersecurity and the physical world in an interdisciplinary research and development environment. We focus on developing new capabilities in the areas of hardware security and cyber-EW for the DoD, intelligence community, and federal agencies. Key technology development thrusts include novel sensors, testbed development and introspection, and unconventional methods of system exploitation.

Job Description

In this role, you will work with a multidisciplinary team to support existing efforts in the cyber-physical domain. Prospective candidate may:

  • Conduct research and development in Radio Frequency (RF) spectrum analysis

  • Reverse-engineer hardware and/or software systems and develop capabilities against them

  • Prototype new capabilities using various hardware sensors such as Software Defined Radios (SDR’s)

  • Prototype novel hardware defenses, sensors, and analysis techniques

The intern will work closely with a mentor from the Cyber Systems and Operations Group technical staff. Successful candidates are interested in the inter-disciplinary nature of the cyber-physical problem space and are willing to develop new expertise in the pursuit of solving unconventional problems.

Degree and experience requirements:

  • The successful candidate will be a degree candidate in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or other related area with interest in cyber security.

Skills and Capabilities

Demonstrated capabilities in the following areas are highly desired:

  • Candidate must have excellent follow-up and problem-solving skills

  • High-level scripting languages, such as Python

  • Software-defined radios

  • Digital logic and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) or Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs)

  • Hardware languages, such as VHDL, Verilog, or Chisel

  • Computing architecture design, instruction set architectures, and operating system internals

  • Familiarity with cybersecurity problems and the role of hardware in enforcing security properties of cyber systems

  • Machine-learning and artificial intelligence

  • Reverse engineering and exploitation, including tools such as IDA or Ghidra

Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.

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