Georgia Tech Research Institutes's (GTRI) Trusted Microelectronics Program Office (TMPO) seeks a microelectronics or FPGA researcher and/or digital design engineer for a research group focused on the development of novel, cutting-edge capabilities in the area of microelectronics security and trust.
TMPO researches microelectronic applications, CAD tools, architectures, and materials to evaluate the security, trust, and reliability of microelectronic devices and the critical systems which rely upon them. TMPO develops tools and techniques in the areas of assurance, anti-tamper, and reliability for FPGAs, ASICs, SoCs, microcontrollers, and other microelectronics. TMPO employees are Research Faculty of Georgia Tech and have the opportunity for dual appointments and teaching positions with other departments of the university. TMPO is a division of GTRI's cyber security lab which contains 300+ engineers and scientists and represents >10% of the total research award funding at Georgia Tech.
Individuals in this position will be responsible for researching microelectronics system development methodologies that enhance the security and trust of new designs, developing analysis techniques that evaluate the security and trust of existing designs, studying emerging device architectures, and performing design and verification of complex and high-performance applications. Novel combinations of commercial, open-source, and custom tools will be used to implement security enhancements to standard FPGA/ASIC design, verification, and hardware testing practices. Innovative analysis techniques involving low-level (RTL and gate) design inspection, simulation, formal methods, and bench testing will be used to identify and characterize security concerns. Custom PCBs will be designed and utilized to evaluate various properties of microelectronics devices.
Senior researchers will also be expected to lead projects/tasks, mentor junior engineers, and participate in writing proposals, white papers, reports, and technical papers. Occasional travel to support meetings, reviews, and system deployments is possible for some team members.
10% - 25% travel
Education & Length of Experience
Senior Research Engineer/Scientist
- A Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or similar technical degree and seven (7) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
- A Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or similar technical degree and nine (9) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelor’s degree, or
- A Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or similar technical degree and four (4) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelor's degree.
Principal Research Engineer/Scientist
- A Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or similar technical degree and eleven (11) years of relevant full-time experience, or
- A Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or similar technical degree and seven (7) years of relevant full-time experience.
Required Minimum Qualifications
- Candidate should have a strong understanding of embedded systems, hardware design, digital logic design, and various microelectronic architectures
- Competency designing hardware leveraging at least one industry-standard HDL language (i.e., Verilog, SystemVerilog, VHDL)
- Experience working with at least one major FPGA vendor design tool suite (i.e., Xilinx Vivado, Altera/Intel Quartus, Microsemi Libero) and executing the full design flow (i.e., Simulation, Synthesis, Place-and-Route, Timing Analysis and Closure, Floor Planning)
- Hands-on experience with hardware testing, troubleshooting, and embedded hardware/software integration
- Proficiency with using general laboratory test equipment such as oscilloscopes and logic analyzers
- Design experience with common hardware interfaces (e.g., UART, SPI, I2C), high-speed interfaces (e.g., LVDS, DDR, SerDes) data flow (e.g., FIFOs, clock domain crossing), and bus protocols (e.g., AXI, AMBA)
- Experience implementing FPGA applications for one or more of the following domains: high-speed networking, wireless communications, radar applications, image processing, machine learning
- Experience performing verification of hardware designs leveraging industry-standard tools and methodologies (e.g., ModelSim/Questa, SystemVerilog, UVM) as well as developing testbenches and associated components (e.g., drivers, monitors)
- Familiarity with advanced tools and methodologies for design (e.g., HLS, SoC platforms) and verification (e.g., linting, RDC/CDC, properties and assertions, combinational/sequential equivalency checks)
- Experience using Python/Octave/MATLAB/Simulink for modeling digital signal processing blocks
- Experience with analog/digital circuit design and PCB design and manufacturing
- At least intermediate-level programming ability in Python and embedded C/C++
- Proficiency working in a Linux environment and utilizing common command-line tools (e.g., bash, vim, sed, awk, grep)
U.S. Citizenship Requirements
Due to our research contracts with the US federal government, candidates for this position are required to be US Citizens.
Clearance Type Required
Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.
Benefits at GTRI
Comprehensive information on currently offered GTRI benefits including Health & Welfare, Retirement Plans, Tuition Reimbursement, Time Off, and Professional Development, can be found through this link: https://hr.gatech.edu/benefits
Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institute’s mission of solving the world’s most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.