Software Security Researcher - CIPHER

Atlanta, GA 30303

Job Description

The Software Assurance branch of the Georgia Tech Research Institute seeks a computer scientist or engineer with an interest in secure software development, software reverse engineering, software vulnerability assessment, and software exploitation. The ideal candidate will show a well-rounded interest in computing research in general, with a specific interest in the aforementioned focus areas. The candidate will work with a technically savvy team of software experts to perform intelligent software analysis (including vulnerability research), reverse engineering (including malware analysis), and research and development on secure cyber systems. The candidate will also work with other units within the Georgia Tech community to perform interdisciplinary research in secure computing. The ideal candidate will have an interest in growing his or her professional career by establishing a line of secure computing research to grow out of his or her work with the Software Assurance team.


  • Perform software development, software reverse engineering, software vulnerability research, and software exploitation
  • Develop and maintain kernel and user-level software and scripts
  • Analyze assembly-level code on multiple platforms
  • Create and analyze network protocols
  • Provide technical input for sponsored research development activities
  • Collaborate with other groups around Georgia tech on cross-disciplinary computing projects

Travel Requirements

10% - 25% travel

Education & Length of Experience

Research Engineer/Scientist I

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

Research Engineer/Scientist II

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

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related field of study
  • Ability to earn a Masters degree within five years of employment
  • Solid understanding of computing hardware
  • Solid understanding of operating systems
  • Solid understanding of computer science / computing theory
  • Experience with source code management tools (Git, Subversion) and contributing to large code-bases, and an understanding of
  • the software development lifecycle
  • Familiarity with microprocessors, assembly language, and compilers
  • Demonstrated ability to develop software in multiple computer languages, to include at least C, C++, and Python
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Ability to follow Georgia Tech policies and procedures
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to obtain and hold a DoD security clearance

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5+ years of related work experience, Masters degree with 3+ years of related work experience, or Ph.D.
  • Kernel-level software development/driver development
  • Demonstrated experience with software / malware reverse engineering and vulnerability research
  • Experience with reverse engineering tools (IDA, advanced debuggers, etc.)
  • Experience with embedded software / real-time operating systems
  • Experience with programming for emulation environments (QEMU, VmWare, etc.)
  • Experience working with the U.S. government, including the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community
  • Active U.S. security clearance

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 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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