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Senior FPGA Hardware Researcher - CIPHER

Atlanta, GA
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Senior FPGA Hardware Researcher - CIPHER

ID: 493699
Type: Researchers
Location: Atlanta, GA
Categories: Algorithm Development, Artificial Intelligence, Countermeasures, Cybersecurity, Embedded Systems, Hardware Development/Design, System Architecture, System Engineering, Testing, High Performance Computing, Instrumentation, Machine Learning, Modeling/Simulation, Signal Processing, Software Development/Design

Job Description

Georgia Tech Research Institutes's (GTRI) Trusted Microelectronics Program Office (TMPO) seeks a hardware/FPGA researcher and/or digital design engineer with interest in the development of novel cutting-edge hardware designs and performing digital hardware analysis 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, and other devices, to include novel hardware-oriented security and trust protections.

Researchers in this posting will be responsible for all aspects of FPGA hardware development to include 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.

Senior Researchers will also be expected to lead projects/efforts, mentor junior engineers, participate in writing proposals, white papers, reports, and technical papers. Occasional travel to support meetings, reviews, and system deployments is possible for some team members.

Education & Length of Experience

Senior Research Engineer/Scientist

  • A Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering and seven (7) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering and nine (9) 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 and four (4) years of relevant full time experience.

Principal Research Engineer/Scientist

  • A Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering and eleven (11) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Doctoral degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering and seven (7) years of relevant full-time experience.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidate should have a strong understanding of embedded systems, hardware design, digital logic design, and various hardware architectures.
  • Experience working with at least one major FPGA vendor design tool suite (Xlinx 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 designing hardware leveraging at least one industry standard HDL language (e.g. Verilog, System Verilog, VHDL)
  • Hands on experience with hardware testing, troubleshooting, and embedded hardware/software integration.
  • Proficiency with using general laboratory test equipment such as oscilloscopes, logic analyzers.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with development, implementation, and documentation of verification and validation of hardware designs leveraging industry standard tools and methods (e.g. ModelSim, System Verilog, UVM, BFM’s)
  • Design experience with high-speed hardware interfaces, data flow (FIFOs, clock domain crossing), and bus protocols (e.g. AXI, AMBA)
  • Experience designing FPGA applications for one or more of the following domains: High-speed networking, wireless communications, radar applications, image processing, machine learning
  • Experience with Octave/Python/MATLAB/Simulink for modeling digital signal processing blocks.
  • 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

Secret Clearance

Top Secret Clearance

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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