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Hardware Exploitation Engineer


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

  • Conducting technical exploitation and examination of high priority digital media to include reverse-engineering, failure analysis, and vulnerability analysis of hardware to identify exploitation opportunities.
  • Modifying hardware to either enable forensic analysis of the media or to change the functionality of the hardware for other purposes.
  • Performing inspection, imaging, decapsulation, deprocessing, and other activities related to hardware reverse-engineering and exploitation in a state-of-the-art microelectronics exploitation laboratory.
  • Enhancing and maintaining frameworks, processes, design patterns, techniques, tools, and standards for conducting hardware exploitation of digital media.
  • Keeping abreast of and reporting on scientific, engineering, and operational advances in hardware exploitation.
  • Serving as a subject matter expert for the customer, its partners, and its customers.
  • Performing full-scope forensic examinations from the hardware aspect of media.
  • Using 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.
  • Using knowledge gained through the application of reverse-engineering and other research techniques, design and develop 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 nine (9) years of related experience.
  • Assembly language and C/C++ programming experience; solid understanding of programming language and operating system concepts.
  • Reverse-engineering skills for embedded systems with proprietary operating systems for the express purpose of introducing functionally to an already existing fielded system.
  • Experience examine a hardware platform to understand the software and hardware interaction of embedded systems.
  • Experience applying knowledge of 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 scripting with the following Languages: shell, Perl, Python or the like.
  • Experience with the following in Microprocessors/Architectures: ARM, MIPS, 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 with the following Hardware Tools and Debuggers: Green Hills, Probe, SuperTrace Probe, Slingshot, spectrum analyzer, logic analyzer, JTAG, Agilent Technologies equipment.
  • Experience with the following Software Tools and Debuggers: Wireshark, IDA Pro, OIlyDbg, pcap, gdb, make, hex editor.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

Desired Qualifications

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Security Clearance:
Top Secret / SCI + CI Poly
BETHESDA, Maryland
United States
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