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Emulation Engineer - Cyber Physical Systems (VA) 

Category Engineering  

STR performs advanced research and development using machine learning, program analysis, optimization, artificial intelligence, and formal methods for the cybersecurity and resiliency of cyber-physical systems. Targeting the hardest security challenges facing our national defense, STR is developing cutting-edge capabilities in cyber-physical systems modeling, vulnerability analysis, and attack detection and remediation.

We seek talented engineers to create scalable, cutting edge emulation/virtualization solutions for research, analysis, and prototyping of cyber-physical systems. Experience with open-source and/or commercial tools such as QEMU, Unicorn, and VirtualBox is desired. Candidates seeking opportunities to develop and apply emulation technologies for a variety of embedded system and software/hardware architectures are encouraged to apply. We are growing rapidly and hiring at all levels for new and exciting projects.

Job Description:

  • Work in small research teams to develop innovative capabilities for rehosting and analyzing software, firmware, and hardware associated with cyber-physical systems
  • Create and instrument virtual machines/devices to represent a variety of software environments and hardware types
  • Collaborate with vulnerability research and assessment teams to develop emulation tools, workflows, and infrastructure
  • Research novel hypervisor and virtualization solutions to push the boundaries of portability, flexibility, and speed
  • Develop orchestration tools to for carrying out automated, scalable emulation-based experiments and analysis
  • Develop and use verification & validation tools
Position Requirements

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS, MS, or PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Cybersecurity or related field
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance (US Citizen)

Desired Qualifications (one or more of these areas):

  • Experience with QEMU, Unicorn, VirtualBox, Simics, bochs, VLAB, or other similar hypervisor/emulation toolsets
  • Knowledge of hardware architectures / ISAs (e.g., x86, ARM)
  • Experience with OS internals (e.g., kernel modules, interrupt controllers, device I/O)
  • Experience working with embedded peripherals, interfaces, and device drivers (UART, USB, PCI, SPI)
  • Experience with development, integration, and testing in distributed environments
  • Experience with Python and C/C++
  • Active security clearance

STR seeks to provide an outstanding work environment for its employees with excellent benefits and competitive compensation. Full-time employees enjoy 401(k), profit sharing, health and welfare benefits, subsidies for training and conference attendance to foster continued learning and development, and a casual yet technically challenging work environment.

STR is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce where all employees, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, neurodiversity, or other personal characteristics, feel valued, included, and empowered to achieve their best. We recognize that each employee’s backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives are essential for providing our customers with innovative solutions to challenging national security problems. STR’s commitment to attracting, retaining, and engaging talented and diverse professionals is demonstrated by our participation, sponsorship, and support in local and national minority organizations.

Req Number ENG-19-00011  
EOE Statement STR provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This statement applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.  

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