Microelectronics Analysis and Design Engineer- CIPHER

Atlanta, GA 30303

Job Description

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 cybersecurity 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.

Travel Requirements

<10% travel

Education & Length of Experience

Research Engineer/Scientist I

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

Research Engineer/Scientist II

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

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 familiarity with the full design flow (i.e., Simulation, Synthesis, Place-and-Route, Timing Analysis and Closure, Floor Planning)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Hands-on experience with hardware testing, troubleshooting, and embedded hardware/software integration using general laboratory test equipment such as oscilloscopes and logic analyzers
  • Design experience with common hardware interfaces (e.g., UART, SPI, I2C), data flow (e.g., FIFOs, clock domain crossing), and bus protocols (e.g., AXI, AMBA)
  • Experience performing verification of hardware designs leveraging industry-standard tools and methodologies (e.g., ModelSim/Questa, SystemVerilog, UVM)
  • Experience using Python/Octave/MATLAB/Simulink for modeling digital signal processing blocks
  • Experience with analog/digital circuit design and PCB design and manufacturing
  • Experience with embedded C/C++ programming and a high-level scripting language (e.g. Python, TCL)
  • Comfortable working in a Linux environment

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 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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