Senior Security Engineer

3 months ago
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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,600 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit


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The Secure and Assured Systems team is composed of a diverse group of highly creative security experts that design solutions for some of today’s most challenging problems. We continue to invest in that distinction, by leveraging Draper’s capabilities in materials, micro-fabrication, electronics, algorithms, and software to create revolutionary products. We imagine, design and build it in house, including hardware and software.


We are looking for someone to work as part of the team to engineer the next generation of tamper resistant architectures and technologies. The candidate will see the technology through its full life cycle, from research to productizing it.  Candidate will be responsible for crafting research proposals and conducting research in embedded systems security. They should be familiar with and have experience in microprocessor architectures, attacks and technologies to uncover vulnerabilities, hidden functions, and backdoors in semiconductor systems. Familiarity with encryption and semiconductor failure analysis methods is necessary.


The successful candidate will have the technical skills and experience necessary to support and lead interdisciplinary teams to investigate hardware security architectures (memory chips, FPGAs, microcontrollers etc.) against side channel attacks, fault injection, data remanence, and other probing techniques to analyze the security profile of said architectures.


The candidate will work collaboratively with subject matter experts in material science, electronics, algorithms, and software engineering to develop attack trees, perform system-level trades, synthesize requirements, develop architectures, build, test, and deliver ground breaking tamper resistant embedded systems.


MS with greater than 5 years of experience in industry or academia or a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Computer Science is required. A research and publication record or patent record in tamper resistant systems is a plus. Technical proficiency in two or more of the following is necessary: Microprocessor, FPGA and memory technologies, semiconductor failure analysis methods, encryption, tamper resistant systems, and machine learning enabled secure networks.

  • In depth understanding of the architecture and operation of microprocessors and various memory systems is required. Deep familiarity with semiconductor failure analysis techniques and encryption is necessary.
  • Demonstrated excellence in security research appropriate for the development of tamper resistant architectures and technologies.
  • Must be able to think about the whole system security profile.
  • Demonstrated record of research funding and primary author of published articles in the security domain are a plus.
  • The candidate must be a self-starter, capable of achieving organizational and program objectives, and must possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. 
  • Demonstrated skills in innovation, creativity and collaboration are a must.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with others who may have ongoing competing priorities and viewpoints, including company employees, peer competitors and customers is a must.

Willingness to travel.


Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance. 

Active or recent DoD security clearance is a plus.


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