Software Analyst - GTRI - CIPHER - Open Rank

Submit Resume ID: 499547
Type: Researchers
Location: Atlanta, GA
Categories: Cybersecurity


The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is the nonprofit, applied research division of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Founded in 1934 as the Engineering Experiment Station, GTRI has grown to more than 2,900 employees, supporting eight laboratories in over 20 locations around the country and performing more than $940 million of problem-solving research annually for government and industry. GTRI's renowned researchers combine science, engineering, economics, policy, and technical expertise to solve complex problems for the U.S. federal government, state, and industry.   

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Project/Unit Description

The Embedded Systems Vulnerability Division (ESVD) within CIPHER leverages extensive expertise in hardware, software, network, and RF communications to identify and evaluate cyber vulnerabilities in military assets, industrial control systems, and critical infrastructure systems. CIPHER researchers participate in Department of Defense working groups on cyber
vulnerability assessments and collaborate with Georgia Tech faculty on the security of IoT and critical infrastructure systems. They have evaluated a wide range of systems from aircraft and radar simulators to smart grid and building management systems.

Job Purpose

Technical personnel to be part of an established team of experts in the assessment of battlefield electronic systems.A highly motivated individual to support assessment of software and/or firmware of embedded communications systems. The candidate will perform analysis of software/firmware from embedded and PC-based systems for identification of system technical capabilities and potential vulnerabilities. The following skills/experience are highly desired: experience with a variety of microprocessor architectures and programmable logic devices, software reverse engineering, knowledge of typical encryption and authentication schemes used in wireless communications, digital communication theory, networking protocols, embedded operating systems, and embedded system programming.

Key Responsibilities

  • Static and dynamic analysis of software/firmware components of communication systems
  • Development of software analysis tools to assist in the reverse engineering process
  • Research communication theory concepts (such as modulation, spread spectrum, error correction coding, synchronization, etc.) and implementation methods to help in determining software functionality
  • Development and use of virtual and emulation environments for executing software under test
  • Primary author of technical reports/presentations for projects of low/moderate complexity. Compile report input from other researchers and prepare final report deliverables.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • 1 year of software reverse engineering experience using disassemblers such as IdaPro, Ghidra or other tools
  • Ability to clearly communicate technical ideas

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active Top Secret Clearance
  • Experience leading small engineering teams
  • Experience with disassemblers such as Ghidra and IdaPro
  • Experience developing plugins for disassemblers
  • Experience with capture-the-flag events
  • Experience with firmware/software reverse engineering
  • Experience with hardware reverse engineering
  • Experience in 1 or more programming languages
  • Experience developing embedded systems
  • Experience with PCB-level communication buses (SPI, I2C, Etc)
  • Experience with software-defined radios
  • Experience with debuggers
  • Experience with dynamic/static analysis and fuzzing
  • Experience with JTAG/ChipWhisperer

Travel Requirements

10% - 25% 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 Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science or related
  • 3 years of related experience with a Masters’ degree in Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science or related
  • 0 years of related experience with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science or related

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:

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