Embedded - Reverse Engineer / VR at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM)

Embedded - Reverse Engineer / VR at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM)

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Location: Albuquerque, NM
Type: Full Time
Created: 2021-05-04 05:01:04

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What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking cybersecurity professionals who are curious about systems and how they really work under the hood to join hardworking, high-energy teams that are analyzing non-traditional cyber systems for vulnerabilities and threats. If this interests you, you will want to apply for this opportunity to join Sandia's outstanding multidisciplinary team committed to solving the cyber security challenges facing our nation. As part of our team, you may engage in work across the technology spectrum spanning embedded, mobile, desktop, and enterprise systems, as well as globally connected networks.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Complete vulnerability research on embedded systems, control systems, mobile devices, IoT devices, or other non-traditional information systems
  • Manual and automated reverse engineering, vulnerability research, and malware analysis
  • Intrusion prevention/detection and response, penetration testing, and forensics
  • Reverse engineer software applications, operating systems, device drivers, or compilers
  • Develop code for Real-time Operating Systems (RTOS) and embedded systems
  • Conceptualize, propose, and execute high-risk, multi-year research and development thrusts
  • Collaborate, teach, and mentor fellow researchers
  • Collaborate with external organizations in academia, industry, and government
  • Occasionally travel domestically to support current efforts and identify new opportunities for growing our capabilities and impact

Qualifications We Require

  • Master's degree in related field plus 2 years’ experience; or a Doctorate in a related field; or Bachelor’s in a related subject area plus 6 years’ experience in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Cyber Security
  • Experience with at least one embedded programming language (e.g. C)
  • Experience with at least one assembly language
  • Active DOE Q security clearance or DOD equivalent and the ability to acquire an SCI clearance
  • Experience in one or more of the following: reverse engineering, vulnerability research, malware analysis.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with embedded or operating system programming, and application layer programming
  • Experience conducting research resulting in creative technical solutions
  • Experience with RF systems including hardware and software
  • Familiarity with Software Defined Radios
  • Experience in reverse engineering, malware analysis, formal methods, deciphering known and unknown file formats, data structures, and network protocols
  • Experience using analysis, reverse engineering, and debugging tools
  • Experience auditing source code in C, C++, assembly, or other languages
  • Capture-the-flag (CTF) experience
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Well-developed leadership skills with the ability to prioritize and execute in a disciplined and focused manner
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and an ability to explain complex ideas clearly and concisely (technical documentation writing samples may be requested)
  • Experience managing projects and doing external program development
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines on a variety of activities
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a team environment
  • Active SCI Clearance.

Security Clearance

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.