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 quality 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 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.

Basic Qualifications

Candidate must be currently enrolled, about to graduate, or recently graduated with Bachelor's or higher Science or Engineering Degree from an ABET-accredited university with a 3.5 or higher GPA.

Candidate must demonstrate:

  • Understanding of various FPGA and computer architectures.
  • Education or work experience in FPGA or ASIC design and verification.
  • Competency with hardware description languages including Verilog or VHDL.
  • Experience with FPGA or ASIC synthesis and simulation tools.
  • Education or work experience in embedded software design.
  • Competency using C++/C and assembly languages.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Candidate must be a resident of or be willing to relocate to the Huntsville, AL, area.

Other Qualifications

The following experience is desirable:

  • Experience with HDL test bench design.
  • Experience in debugging of complex devices or systems using standard digital and analog test equipment.
  • Experience working with general purpose microprocessors in a hands-on environment.
  • Experience with hardware protocol analysis and digital signal processing.


Security Requirements

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

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COVID Response

Effective January 4, 2022, in order to enter Leidos/Dynetics facilities in the US and to attend Leidos/Dynetics business events outside our facilities, employees will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or maintain proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours of entry. All Leidos/Dynetics employees must be fully vaccinated (2 weeks past final dose) unless they are entitled to a legal accommodation. If you are not vaccinated, please consider getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your Talent Acquisition POC.

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