Hardware Security Researcher/Developer

Date: Dec 9, 2018

Location: MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

What do we do in our Cyber Systems and Operations Group?

The Cyber Systems and Operations Group works closely with the nation's cyber forces, intelligence community, and federal agencies to identify operational gaps in cybersecurity capabilities and analyze their current and planned systems and missions.  We focus on enabling full-scope DoD, IC, and civilian government operations within the cyber domain and across traditional mission domains and sensing layers. We conduct research and development of systems providing situational awareness (SA) and command and control (C2) in the cyber domain. Key technology development thrusts include novel sensors, actuators, sense-making, decision support, knowledge representation, Human Machine Interface (HMI), visualization, automated planning, cloud-based information sharing architectures.


We integrate these capabilities into secure, resilient, cost-effective information sharing architectures in support of effective mission operations. Group strengths include software development, significant testbed infrastructure, and connections to challenges, people, systems and data from multiple operational communities. Overall, we seek to leap ahead of evolving cyber threats and enable comprehensive and secure use of the cyber domain for military and intelligence missions.


Are you a hardware security researcher or developer interested in investigating issues related to Hardware Trojan Horse (HTH) attacks and defenses? As a member of our team, you will be joining a multi-disciplinary team analyzing and prototyping capabilities to defend national security electronics from the insertion of malicious logic via compromised design and fabrication processes.  The scope of hardware security research and development activities include developing and accessing novel hardware design analysis techniques, advanced circuit obfuscation techniques, and emulating hardware-vectored cyber attacks in operational scenarios.


  • Master's degree in Computer Science, computer engineering, or related field, or a Bachelor's degree and 3+ years of directly; Related experience with demonstrated domain expertise will be considered.
  • Proficiency in high-level scripting languages such as Python.
  • Proficiency in hardware description languages for digital logic, such as Verilog.
  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills.
  • You are able to travel on a monthly basis to US Government and cleared defense contractor sites.
  • You possess a thorough understanding of computing architecture design, instruction set architectures, and operating system internals.
  • You have a familiarity with digital logic workflows for both field-programmable gate arrays (FGPAs) and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) is preferred. 
  • You have a familiarity with cybersecurity problems and the role of hardware in enforcing security properties of cyber systems is also preferred.

Requisition ID: 25705 

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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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