FPGA and Microcontroller Hacker

Huntsville, AL |Full Time
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Position Description

Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, is seeking a talented FPGA and Microcontroller Hacker to join a diverse team to create unique solutions for complex problems. With offices across the United States engaging in the defense, space, cyber and commercial fields, Dynetics provides responsive, cost-effective engineering, scientific and IT solutions.

The Foreign Weapon Systems branch goals include the characterization, analysis, testing, and ultimate defeat of all types of threat weapons systems including foreign missiles and radars. This group concentrates primarily on electrical, sensor, optical, and firmware aspects of the systems, but will engage any part of the system that advances our goals. This is hands-on work involving actual threat weapon hardware. Our team develops equipment to control and test these threats in a Hardware-in-the-Loop environment. We also specialize in the development of countermeasure concepts and equipment.

The FPGA and Microcontroller Hacker will use commercial and custom methods to retrieve FPGA and microcontroller firmware, reverse-engineer FPGA bitstreams and configuration data, disassemble microcontroller binaries, and decompile C programs. This work includes developing custom hardware techniques, as well as custom software to aid and automate the reverse-engineering of various types of software and firmware binaries. This position will also have responsibility for analysis of tracking, guidance, and counter-countermeasure algorithms contained within missile and radar systems. The goal of this analysis will be to describe the threat capabilities and vulnerabilities against the U.S. systems that oppose it. Test benches will be developed to verify analysis and further characterize the signal processing chain. Weapon system instrumentation and testing will be supported for data collection purposes. Once analysis is complete, efforts will continue towards developing countermeasures for the threat system in order to ensure its defeat in combat.

The ideal candidate will thrive in a learning environment that encourages leadership and technical growth.

Basic Qualifications

  • Candidate must possess a Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent degree from an ABET-accredited institution with a 3.5 or higher GPA
  • Candidate must possess an understanding of various FPGA and computer architectures

  • Candidate must demonstrate competency with hardware description languages including Verilog or VHDL

  • Candidate must have proven experience with FPGA or ASIC synthesis and simulation tools

  • Candidate must have education or work experience in embedded software design

  • Candidate must demonstrate competency using C++/C and assembly languages

  • Position requires candidates to be capable of performing in a collaborative engineering environment working closely with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Candidate must have demonstrated experience effectively communicating within a team environment
  • Candidates must be a resident of the North Alabama area or willing to relocate to the Huntsville - North Alabama, AL area

Other Qualifications

Preference shown to candidates who possess a Master's of Science in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent degree from an ABET-accredited university

Preference shown to candidates who have experience and/or working knowledge of:

  • HDL test bench design

  • Hardware protocol analysis and digital signal processing

  • General purpose microprocessors in a hands-on environment

  • Debugging of complex devices or systems using standard digital and analog test equipment

Security Requirements

Candidate must be a US Citizen and possess (and be able to maintain) a Final Top Secret/SSBI Clearance or meet the eligibility to obtain (and maintain) a Final Top Secret Clearance.

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