Digital Design Engineer - Security and Cryptography

Job Location US-MA-Cambridge
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/7/2022 9:41 AM)
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Draper Laboratory is seeking talented and motivated individuals to tackle challenging engineering problems. As a Digital Electronics Engineer, you will be responsible for delivering solutions to customers in diverse application areas including hardware security, secure communications and trusted computing. You will be responsible for the design from concept to delivery while adhering to schedules and budgets. You will work in multi-disciplinary teams with opportunities to learn, grow and contribute to a variety of projects. Join us as we develop the next generation of secure hardware platforms.


The successful candidate will lead and contribute to the architecture and design of secure digital systems incorporating FPGAs and ASICs. The candidate must have experience with cryptography, fault tolerant computing or hardware security. Applicants should also understand high level design, simulation and verification and be familiar with tools and process flows supporting design and verification for digital ASIC / FPGA efforts. Demonstrated skill in the design and development of digital systems is required.


The applicant must have an M.S. or PhD degree in Electrical Engineering or related discipline with a clearly exceptional academic record, a firm grasp of engineering fundamentals and 4+ years of demonstrated experience in secure hardware design, cryptography, digital circuit design, digital printed circuit board level design principles, or VHDL/Verilog design. 



Required Qualifications:

  • M.S. or PhD with 4+ years of experience
  • Demonstrated experience with security architectures or cryptography
  • Experience with FPGA or ASIC design
  • Fluent in VHDL, Verilog or SystemVerilog
  • Understanding of vulnerabilities and mitigations in hardware


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior tapeout experience or released security products
  • Experience with security evaluations
  • Active security clearance


Security Requirement

  • Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a government security clearance. 






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