Cyber Systems Exploitation Researcher

Date: Jul 21, 2021

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

The Cyber System Assessments Group performs software and hardware reverse engineering, vulnerability research and discovery, and system exploitation. We develop and prototype cutting-edge capabilities for our operational partners in the U.S. government. We look for, find, and demonstrate cyber vulnerabilities so that vulnerabilities in U.S. systems can be corrected, and so that vulnerabilities in other systems are better understood.  Top U.S. Government leadership relies on us for our expert guidance, and our technical role with our U.S. Government sponsors is considered essential to the success of their missions.

Job Description

Cyber System Exploitation Researcher

When you join our team as a Cyber System Exploitation Researcher, you'll be leading the development of cyber security tools and techniques.  You'll be reverse engineering and exploiting software and hardware systems important to U.S. government operations and critical to the defense of our nation. Your main areas of research will include cyber tool prototyping and technical analysis of offensive or defensive cyber tools and systems, automated vulnerability discovery, reverse engineering, software protection mechanisms, static analysis, and dynamic instrumentation. Once you’re on our team, you will communicate your research to non-domain experts through your writing, public presentations, and hand-on training sessions.



+ PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related discipline or MS and 3+ years of directly related experience 

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


Job Description

 Desired Technical Skills (Familiarity with all, Expertise in some):

+ Version Control Systems (Git)

+ Dissassemblers/Decompilers (Ghidra, IDAPro)

+ Debuggers (WinDbg, GDB) 

+ Programming Languages (C/C++, Python)

+ Infrastructure/Container Provisioning/Orchestration Systems (Ansible, Kubernetes, Docker)

+ Network Protocol Analysis (Wireshark, Tcpdump)

+ Emulator/Virtualization Technologies (VMWare, QEMU)

+ Operating System Internals

+ Reverse Engineering of Embedded Systems Firmware, Malicious Code, Mobile Applications, and More 

+ Vulnerability Assessment

+ Statistics and Metrics

+ SAT/SMT Solvers

+ Symbolic Execution

+ Data-flow Analysis for Compiled Binaries

+ Binary Intermediate Representations

+ Binary Translation

+ Compiler Construction

+ Anti-debugging/Anti-instrumentation Techniques

+ Network and Host Security Products



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Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Top 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.




Requisition ID: 32101 

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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