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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.

About the Organization Systems & Technology Research (STR) is a rapidly growing technology company with locations north of Boston, MA, Arlington, VA and near Dayton, OH. We specialize in advanced research and development for defense, intelligence, and national security, trying to understand how to protect our society: from stopping malicious botnet attacks, to understanding cyber vulnerabilities, providing next generation sensors, radar, sonar, communications, and electronic warfare to developing artificial intelligence algorithms and analytics to make sense of the complexity that is exploding around us.

STR is committed to creating a collaborative learning environment that supports deep technical understanding and recognizes the contributions and achievements of all team members. Our work is challenging, but you go home at night knowing that you pushed the forefront of technology and made the world a little safer. We recognize that the world is changing, that it is becoming more connected than ever before, making things change faster than before, and reshaping society in the process. We all want to understand this changing world and leave it better for our work.

We're not just any company. Our people, culture, and attitude along with their unique set of skills, experiences, and perspectives put us on a trajectory to change the world. We can't do it alone, though - we need fellow trailblazers. If you are one, join our team and help to keep our society safe!

EOE Statement STR is fully dedicated to hiring the most qualified candidate regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any portion of the employment process, email us at and provide your name, phone number and email address.

US Citizenship is required for all positions.

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