Mid- Level Hardware Exploitation Engineer

Engineering Bethesda, Maryland


In providing Hardware Exploitation Engineer (mid-level) support, the Contractor shall provide some or all of services as required:

  • Conduct technical exploitation and examination of High Priority Digital Media to include:
    • Conduct reverse engineering, failure analysis, and vulnerability analysis of hardware to identify exploitation opportunities
    • Modify hardware to either enable forensic analysis of the media or to change the functionality of the hardware for other purposes
    • Perform inspection, imaging, decapsulation, deprocessing, and other activities related to hardware reverse engineering and exploitation in a state-of-theart microelectronics exploitation laboratory
    • Development and maintain frameworks, processes, design patterns, techniques, tools, and standards for conducting hardware exploitation of digital media
    • Keep abreast of and report on scientific, engineering, and operational advances in hardware exploitation
    • Serve as a subject matter expert for NMEC, its partners, and its customers.
    • Full-Scope forensic examinations from the hardware aspect of media
    • Given a target communications device, use reverse engineering tools and methods to determine vulnerabilities of the device for technical exploitation purposes.
    • Determine how it boots/initializes, and obtaining a binary that can be used for reverse engineering.
    • Identify the function that respond to network connections requests, understand internal communications mechanisms, outlining the general structure of the system software, and determining how system state is altered/saved.
    • Prepare technical reports, present results, and demonstrate system capabilities to peer review groups, managers, and sponsors
    • Lead teams and participate in the analysis of embedded platform firmware and operating systems to understand security vulnerabilities associated with various platform communication links.
    • Develop and execute test plans to ensure all requirements of developed capabilities are fully satisfied
    • Using knowledge gained through the application of reverse-engineering and other research techniques, field low-level C and assembly applications for embedded ARM platforms that interface directly with platform hardware.
    • Provide data recovery processes for hard drives, thumb drives, and other kind media with storage capacity.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electronics Engineering, or Electrical Engineering and at least five (5) years of related experience. A Master of Science in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering may be substituted for three (3) years of required experience. A PhD degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering may be substituted for four (4) years of required experience.
  • Assembly language and C/C++ programming experience. Solid understanding of programming language and operating system concepts
  • Experience requiring skills in reverse engineering of embedded systems with proprietary operating systems for the express purpose of introducing functionality to an already existing fielded system.
  • Experience researching a hardware platform to understand the software and hardware interaction of embedded systems.
  • Experience requiring knowledge of C and Assembler software engineering for embedded platforms that run commercial and/or custom operating systems.
  • Experience requiring a working knowledge of embedded system design, communication with peripheral devices at the hardware level and reverse engineering of system software.
  • Working experience in scripting Languages: shell, Perl, Python or the like.
  • Working experience in Microprocessors/Architectures: ARM, MIPS, RISC, PowerPC, XScale, StrongARM, x86. Familiar with microprocessor instruction sets is desired.
  • Experience Operating Systems: VxWorks, Integrity, Embedded Linux, JunOS, Linux, Unix, Windows Embedded. Experience with RTOS desired.
  • Experience IDEs: Tornado, Workbench, VxSim, MULTI, TimeMachine, TraceEdge, Eagle CAD
  • Experience in Hardware Tools and Debuggers: Green Hills Probe, SuperTrace Probe, Slingshot, spectrum analyzer, logic analyzer, JTAG, Agilent Technologies equipment.
  • Working experience in Software Tools and Debuggers: Wireshark, IDA Pro, 011yDbg, pcap, gdb, make, hex editor.
  • Experience requiring excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Some of these requirements may be waived by the government.
  • Contractor personnel shall be required to complete and pass a written test, prior to beginning work on the contract.

 Security Clearance:

  • Current TS/SCI with CI Poly