Hardware Security Researcher

Date: Feb 25, 2023

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory


Internet of Things devices, critical infrastructure, traditional IT systems, 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 develop prototypes that intersect both domains.


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 cyber-physical techniques for the DoD, intelligence community, and federal agencies.  Key technology development thrusts include gaining cyber intelligence through novel sensors and signal analysis, testbed development and introspection, and unconventional methods of system exploitation.


Position Description


The successful candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team as a Hardware Security Researcher.  In this role, you will engage with government sponsors to identify national needs, and lead smart and innovative teams to deliver new technologies and capabilities to address those needs.  The successful candidate should be interested in the inter-disciplinary nature of the cyber-physical problem space and be willing to develop new expertise in the pursuit of solving unconventional problems.

As a Hardware Security Researcher, you will analyze and prototype capabilities to defend national security electronics from the insertion of malicious logic via compromised design and fabrication processes by prototyping novel sensors and technologies that interact across the cyber and electromagnetic domains.  The scope of hardware security research and development activities include developing and assessing novel hardware design analysis and sensing techniques, novel ways of achieving cyber effects through hardware, and hardware evaluation techniques.




Degree and experience requirements for this role:

  • PhD in Computer Science, Electrical/Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or related discipline, or MS with 3+ years of experience, or BS and 5+ years of directly related experience will be considered
  • Thorough understanding of computing architecture design, instruction-set architectures, and operating-system internals and Proficiency in hardware description languages for digital logic, such as Verilog or Chisel
  • Ability to lead a project or team
  • Effective oral and written communication skills


Demonstrated capabilities in the following areas, while not required, are highly desired in this area and will be given special consideration:


  • Proficiency in high-level scripting languages such as Python
  • Familiarity with digital-logic workflows for both field-programmable gate arrays (FGPAs) and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs)
  • Familiarity with cybersecurity problems and the role of hardware in enforcing security properties of cyber systems
  • Machine learning/AI techniques
  • Proficiency with Side-channel or glitching attacks and similar techniques



For Benefits Information, click http://hrweb.mit.edu/benefits


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.


To safeguard our health and well-being, MIT Lincoln Laboratory requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees.  Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reason.


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: 35766 

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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