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Senior Hardware Exploitation Engineer
Bethesda, MD

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Job Description

Job Description


SAIC is seeking a Senior Hardware Exploitation Engineer to support a major program at the National Media Exploitation Center (NMEC) within the National Capital Region. Duties and responsibilities include:

* Conduct forensic examination of high priority digital media to include:
* Overseeing the reverse-engineering, failure analysis, and vulnerability analysis of hardware to identify exploitation opportunities
* Leading the modification of hardware to either enable forensic analysis of the media or to change the functionality of the hardware for other purposes.
* Managing a microelectronics exploitation laboratory, consisting of state-of-the-art tools for inspection, imaging; decapsulation, deprocessing, and other activities related to hardware-reverse engineering and exploitation
* Directing the enhancement and maintenance of frameworks, processes, design patterns, techniques, tools, and standards for conducting hardware exploitation of digital media
* Performing full-scope forensic examinations from the hardware aspect of media.
* Employing reverse-engineering tools and methods to determine vulnerabilities of the device for technical exploitation purposes.
* Determining how a device boots/initializes, and obtaining a binary that can be used for reverse engineering.
* Identifying the function that responds to network connections requests; understanding internal communications mechanisms; outlining the general structure of the system software; and determining how system state is altered/saved
* Preparing technical reports; presenting results; and demonstrating system capabilities to peer review groups, managers, and sponsors
* Leading teams and participating in the analysis of embedded platform firmware and operating systems to understand security vulnerabilities associated with various platform communication links
* Creating and executing test plans to ensure all requirements of developed capabilities are fully-satisfied.
* Leveraging knowledge gained through the reverse-engineering and other research techniques to enhance low-level C and assembly applications for embedded ARM platforms that interface directly with platform hardware
* Providing data recovery processes for hard drives, thumb drives, and other kind media with storage capacity


* Must have a current/active TS/SCI and be willing and able to pass a CI polygraph prior to starting.
* Requires a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering and at least fourteen (14) years of related experience
* Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and on a team.
* Experience with the technical and programmatic aspects of leading research and development (R&D) projects.
* Assembly language and C/C++ programming experience; solid understanding of programming language and operating system concepts.
* Reverse-engineering skills on embedded systems with proprietary operating systems for the express purpose of introducing functionally to an already existing fielded system.
* Experience examining a hardware platform to understand the software and hardware interaction of embedded systems.
* Experience with C and Assembler software development for embedded platforms that run commercial and/or custom operating systems.
* Experience with embedded system design, communication with peripheral devices at the hardware level, and reverse-engineering of system software.
* Experience with scripting Languages: shell, Perl, Python, or the like
* Experience in Microprocessors/Architectures: ARM, MlPS, RISC, PowerPC, XScale, StrongARM, x86. Familiarity with microprocessor instruction sets is highly-desired.
* Experience with the following Operating Systems: VxWorks, Integrity, Embedded Linux, JunOS, Linux, Unix, Windows Embedded. Experience with RTOS is highly-desired.
* Experience with the following IDEs: Tornado, Workbench, VxSim, MULTI, TimeMachine, TraceEdge.
* Experience using the following Hardware Tools and Debuggers: Green Hills Probe, SuperTrace Probe, Slingshot, spectrum analyzer, logic analyzer, JTAG, Agilent Technologies equipment.
* Experience using the following Software Tools and Debuggers: Wireshark, IDA Pro, OllyDbg; pcap, gdb, make, hex editor.

Desired Qualifications

* Preferred: Master of Science or PhD degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering and at least eight (8) years of related experience.


SAIC is a premier technology integrator, solving our nation's most complex modernization and systems engineering challenges across the defense, space, federal civilian, and intelligence markets. Our robust portfolio of offerings includes high-end solutions in systems engineering and integration; enterprise IT, including cloud services; cyber; software; advanced analytics and simulation; and training. We are a team of 23,000 strong driven by mission, united purpose, and inspired by opportunity. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $6.5 billion. For more information, visit For information on the benefits SAIC offers, see Working at SAIC. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

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