Microelectronics Researcher - CIPHER

Atlanta, GA
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Microelectronics Researcher - CIPHER

ID: 493957
Type: Researchers
Location: Atlanta, GA
Categories: Algorithm Development, Artificial Intelligence, Countermeasures, Cybersecurity, Embedded Systems, Hardware Development/Design, Testing, High Performance Computing, Instrumentation, Machine Learning, Modeling/Simulation, Signal Processing, Software Development/Design

Job Description

Georgia Tech Research Institutes’ (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, micro-controllers, 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 cyber security lab which contains 300+ engineers and scientists and represents >10% of the total research award funding at Georgia Tech.

Researchers in this posting will be responsible for aspects of microelectronics hardware research or development, such as simulation, testing, and troubleshooting of designs, including bench testing and debugging hardware using test equipment. Researchers will have the opportunity to develop FPGA code to control hardware in real time and support complex experimentation. Researchers in this position will also be given the opportunity to perform low (gate and RTL) level analysis of hardware designs in order to identify and characterize security concerns and design and implement mechanisms to enhance the security of hardware designs.

Education & Length of Experience

Research Engineer/Scientist I

  • A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering.

Research Engineer/Scientist II

  • A Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering and three (3) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering and five (5) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelor’s degree, or
  • A Doctoral degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidate should have a strong understanding of embedded systems, hardware design, digital logic design, and various microelectronic architectures
  • Experience working with at least one major FPGA vendor design tool suite, e.g., Xlinx Vivado, Altera Quartus Tool Suites, Microsemi Libero, and familiarity with standard FPGA design flow (Synthesis, Place and Route, Simulation, Timing Analysis, Floor Planning)
  • Competency designing hardware leveraging at least one industry standard HDL language, e.g. Verilog, System Verilog, VHDL

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with verification and validation of hardware designs leveraging industry standard tools and methods (e.g. ModelSim, System Verilog, UVM, BFM’s)
  • Design experience with standard hardware interfaces, data flow (FIFOs, clock domain crossing), and bus protocols (e.g. AXI, AMBA)
  • Experience with Octave/Python/MATLAB/Simulink for modeling digital signal processing blocks
  • Hands on experience with hardware testing, troubleshooting, and embedded hardware/software integration using general laboratory test equipment such as oscilloscopes, and logic analyzers
  • Experience with analog/digital circuit design, and PCB design and manufacturing
  • Experience with low-level (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

Ability to obtain Secret Clearance upon hire

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. .



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