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Senior Hardware Exploitation Engineer


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