Trusted Microelectronics Research & Design Engineer - GTRI - CIPHER - Open Rank

Submit Resume ID: 499226
Type: Researchers
Location: Atlanta, GA
Categories: Cybersecurity

Project/Unit Description

HST 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. HST develops tools and techniques in the areas of assurance, anti-tamper, and reliability for FPGAs, ASICs, SoCs, microcontrollers, and other microelectronics. HST employees are Research Faculty of Georgia Tech and have the opportunity for dual appointments and teaching positions with other departments of the university. HST 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.

Job Purpose

Microelectronics expert to research and contribute to the design, synthesis, characterization, packaging, testing, reliability, security, and trustworthiness of nano-fabricated microelectronic semiconductor devices. This may include research of prototype or commercial semiconductor devices and tools, e.g., ASICs, FPGAs. This position involves close collaboration with a highly technical team of research leaders to accomplish task and program objectives, contribute technically to proposal ideation, and conceive and execute internal research efforts refining core research processes and capabilities. Responsibilities range from CAD/EDA tools development, semiconductor nano-device design, fabrication, and verification, to clean-room equipment utilization. Formal methods and other advanced algorithmic techniques will be leveraged to enable and evaluate security and trustworthiness pre and post-fabrication. The position will utilize a wide range of knowledge from semiconductor physics to micro/nano synthesis and fabrication tools, and develop novel techniques, algorithms, and tools to evaluate CAD/EDA flows, architectures, materials, and fabricated devices with new properties and features.

Key Responsibilities

  • Research and implement new/novel algorithms in support of microelectronic security, design, verification, and analysis
  • Design, architect, and build custom software and/or firmware solutions for a broader range of semiconductor devices and materials
  • Utilize sophisticated semiconductor fabrication, verification, and analysis laboratory equipment (FIB, LVP) to support design, analysis, and verification tasks
  • Lead white paper and small competitive proposals
  • Contribute to direction and technical development of specific tasks or research thrusts.
  • Present research and progress to customers or at working groups -Contribute/author substantial sections of technical reports and presentations
  • Contributes to their field via conference posters, papers
  • Additional Responsibilities

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Utilize industry standard microelectronic design and verification tools (.e.g Vivado, Quartus, Cadence, Modelsim, OneSpin)
  • Apply knowledge of microelectronic circuitry and its design implementation into microelectronics hardware security techniques
  • Develop custom software and scripting solutions in support of microelectronic design security and analysis -May Implement software interfacing with microelectronic design EDA/CAD tools
  • May Implement advanced algorithms covering graph analysis, data analysis, and clustering
  • Utilize basic microelectronics laboratory equipment (oscilloscopes, signal generators, logic analyzer, optical microscopes, soldering equipment) to support design, analysis, and verification tasks
  • Develop and maintain familiarity with at least one of the following languages: Verilog, VHDL, Python, C, C++, Rust, Kotlin, or Java (or similar)
  • Contribute small sections to technical reports and presentations


Preferred Qualifications

  • Active Secret Clearance
  • Experience applying the minimum qualifications to the design, construction, or analysis of Cyber-Physicals Systems (CPSs) like robots and industrial/process control systems
  • FPGA/ASIC design experience with common hardware interfaces (e.g., UART, SPI, I2C) and data flow (e.g., FIFOs, clock domain crossing)
  • Familiarity with TCL to automate HDL forward design flow
  • Experience with embedded C/C++ code, toolchains
  • Experience with the analysis of embedded HDL or software or RTOS for relevant robustness qualities such as latency, safety, and security in the context of CPSs
  • Experience with a formal analysis tool for models, HDL, or embedded software (e.g. Coq, Isabelle, SystemVerilog, SymbiYosys, OVL, Frama-C, etc)
  • Experience designing and fabricating Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs)
  • Ability to work in both Windows and Linux environments


Travel Requirements

<10% travel

Education and Length of Experience

This position vacancy is an open-rank announcement. The final job offer will be dependent on candidate qualifications in alignment with Research Faculty Extension Professional ranks as outlined in section 3.2.1 of the Georgia Tech Faculty Handbook

  • 5 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics
  • 3 years of related experience with a Masters’ degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics
  • 0 years of related experience with a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the U.S. federal government, candidates for this position must be U.S. 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:

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.


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