Senior Research Engineer - Cyber Vulnerability
About the Opportunity
KRI at Northeastern University, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of
Northeastern University (NU), is seeking a highly motivated Senior
Research Engineer with expertise in cyber vulnerability analysis.
The senior research engineer will provide domain subject matter
expertise and technical leadership across all relevant projects at
KRI, working as part of a team of multidisciplinary R&D
engineers/scientists. The cyber vulnerability analysis research
engineer is expected to establish, lead, and grow a successful,
innovative, and productive R&D group that enhances the
capabilities and impact of KRI in assured communications and
electromagnetic effects technical areas. The primary office for
this position is at NU's Innovation Campus in Burlington, Ma
The responsibilities of the senior research engineer in cyber
vulnerability analysis include (1) developing a close working
relationship with academic, industry, and government partners, (2)
providing subject matter expertise in multi-disciplinary
collaborations within KRI and with external partners/stakeholders,
(3) establishing and leading an innovative R&D group that
develops differentiated capabilities in vulnerability research,
technical solutions and prototypes with a focus on application to
real-world problems and requirements. This position requires a
close working relationship with other senior KRI engineers and
scientists exhibiting, faculty members at Northeastern University,
and partner industry and government organizations.
KRI conducts cutting-edge applied R&D. The institute was
founded with a focus on homeland security. Today, KRI strives to
advance resilience in the face of 21st-century risks across a wide
range of technologies, emphasizing a collaborative approach that
leverages our R1 university intellectual capital and technologies
to develop application-specific solutions to customer needs. KRI
focuses on satisfying customer-driven needs by co-locating a
diverse, highly skilled R&D team that can address all aspects
of a particular problem across the full range of
technology-readiness levels. KRI headquarters, located at NU's
ICBM, is home to one-of-a-kind research and test facilities for
conducting activities related to cognitive and distributed RF
signal processing and machine learning, unmanned and autonomous
system technologies, advanced manufacturing, as well as quantum
materials and sensing. KRI has and is expanding presence in other
locations throughout the global NU network.
Through NU, KRI offers an impressive benefits package, including
multiple retirement plan options with extremely generous matching,
as well as tuition waiver for classes and advanced degree programs.
A full description of available benefits can be found on the
Education and Experience
- BS in Computer Science or Engineering, Electrical Engineering,
or a closely related area required; MS or PhD are preferred.
- Relevant experience and demonstrated examples of offensive
cyber research required; 3 years of relevant experience is
required; 5 or more years of relevant experience and experience
leading teams are preferred, with salary and rank being
commensurate with education and experience.
- Reverse engineering across various architectures and platforms,
including Baseband Cellular, x86/64, ARM, MIPS, etc.
- Experience with disassemblers (IDA Pro, Binary Ninja, or
- Modeling application behavior.
- Ability to use a scripting language (Python, etc.)
- Self-motivated and passionate about supporting the U.S.
offensive cyber mission.
- Knowledge of common exploitation countermeasures (DEP, ASLR,
- Knowledge of RF-based over-the-air exploitation.
- Demonstrated leadership skills, organizational capability, and
- Ability to obtain DoD security clearance required; active
clearance and ability to obtain Special Access clearance are
- Experience with Boundary Scan Analysis.
- Exploitation of Baseband Cellular, WiFi Baseband, and
translation to Over the Air.
- Familiarity with modern exploitation techniques, tools, and
- Ability to analyze network protocols throughout all layers of
the network stack.
Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work
experience, education and skills when extending an offer.
Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit
eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid
time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as
well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/
for more information.
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking
to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and
staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its
forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect
that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, religion,
color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability
status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable
To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and
support of diversity and inclusion, please see
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