Associate Branch Head for Software Research and Development-CIPHR

Atlanta, GA 30303

Job Description

Georgia Tech Research Institute's (GTRI) Trusted Microelectronics Program Office (TMPO) seeks a seasoned computer scientist or engineer with interest in providing leadership and support for a branch focused on the development of novel cutting-edge software tools to support microelectronics security research. TMPO researches microelectronic applications, 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, leveraging custom and formal methods. The TMPO Software Associate Branch Head will work with branch engineers and program personnel as part of a cohesive team to develop software with the goal of supporting and enabling exploration and implementation of security and trust mechanisms within microelectronic systems to include: working with and developing general-purpose and domain-specific languages, tools, and techniques to facilitate the design, debugging and verification of FPGA based applications and systems; novel hardware software co-design and high-level synthesis methodologies; designing algorithms for synthesis, technology mapping, logic partitioning, optimizations, placement, and routing of FPGAs. Associate Branch Head candidates should have a strong understanding of industry standard software development practices, and demonstrated experience in the architecting, designing, prototyping, building, and testing of complex software, from initial requirements through implementation, verification, testing, and deployment.  Associate Branch Heads will also be responsible for assisting in writing and winning proposals for sustained branch growth, and will be responsible for ensuring that the branch is continuing to pursue new and novel research efforts through judicious use of internal R&D funding.

Job Duties

  • Assisting in branch staffing and employee appraisals
  • Ensuring branch is equipped with the necessary tools, equipment, and software required to perform tasks in an efficient and effective manner
  • Assisting in maintaining adequate engineering expertise in order to successfully complete projects and win new efforts (including posting job openings, resume review, candidate interviews and hiring recommendations)
  • Maintaining the technical health of branch employees through professional development and training, and promoting publication of novel research in appropriate venues.

Travel Requirements

10% - 25% travel

Education & Length of Experience

Research Engineer/Scientist I

  • A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Material Sciences, or Electrical Engineering.

Research Engineer/Scientist II

  • A Masters degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Material Sciences, or Electrical Engineering and three (3) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Masters degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Material Sciences, or Electrical Engineering and five (5) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelors degree, or
  • A Doctoral degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Material Sciences, or Electrical Engineering.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidates should have prior experience leading large project efforts and/or leading engineering teams. Prior branch-level leadership experience is not required, but will be taken into consideration.
  • At least 5 years experience in software development, programming with one or more software languages including C/C++, Java, Python, Matlab etc.
  • Familiarity with revision control concepts and tools (e.g. Git)
  • Comfortable developing and working in a Linux environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with at least one major FPGA vendor design tool suite (Xilinx ISE and/or Vivado, Altera Quartus Tool Suites, Microsemi Libero) and a demonstrated understanding of standard FPGA design flow (Synthesis, Place and Route, Simulation, Timing Analysis, Floor Planning)
  • Experience with one of the following frameworks: Torc, RapidSmith, RapidWright, VPR or VTR
  • Experience designing or extending EDA/CAD tools in any capacity.
  • Experience leveraging Formal methods for verification and validation of HW and SW designs with SVA and industry leading formal tools.
  • Modeling and Simulation, leveraging statistical analysis techniques
  • Knowledge of graph theory/analytics/visualization or combinatorial mathematics
  • Strong knowledge of Boolean math, fixed-point math, floating point math
  • Development, implementation, and documentation of verification & validation plans, test procedures and test automation processes
  • Experience with cross-compiling for various targets

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:

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institutes mission of solving the worlds 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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Associate Branch Head for Software Research and Development-CIPHR

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