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Hardware Exploitation Engineer

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Job ID: 2215861
Location: BETHESDA, MD, United States
Date Posted: Dec 7, 2022
Category: Defense/Intel
Subcategory: Intel Analyst
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: No
Minimum Clearance Required: TS/SCI with Poly
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: TS/SCI with Poly
Potential for Remote Work: No Remote
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Job Description


SAIC’s Advanced Technical Exploitation team provides state of the art technical exploitation and collection capabilities in digital media exploitation triage and automation, advanced technical Media Exploitation (MEDEX), and advanced Mobile Device Exploitation. Activities include digital forensics activities, software reverse engineering, hardware exploitation, parser development, reverse engineering, mobile applications development and engineering, and technical exploitation.

The Advanced Technical Exploitation team offers highly-challenging and rewarding positions with significant impact on national security and the opportunity for rapid upward mobility in the areas of computer forensics/mobile device forensics; data recovery; reverse engineering; hardware engineering; digital forensic analysis; and digital and analog electronics. We encourage our team members to share and grow their skills and expertise while creating robust and state-of-the-art solutions.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to (candidates must have significant experience in several of the following fields):

  • Conduct technical hardware exploitation and examination of various digital media devices
  • Conduct reverse engineering, failure analysis, and vulnerability analysis of hardware to identify exploitation opportunities
  • Modify hardware to either enable forensic analysis of the media or to change the functionality of the hardware for desired purposes
  • Perform inspection, imaging, decapsulation, deprocessing, and other activities related to hardware reverse engineering and exploitation in a state of-the-art microelectronics exploitation laboratory
  • Development and maintain frameworks, processes, design patterns, techniques, tools, and standards for conducting hardware exploitation of digital media
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for IC/DOD customers
  • Prepare clear and concise technical reports to a wide range of audiences.


  • TS/SCI with CI Poly is required to perform services on the contract. Candidates with an active security clearance at the TS/SCI level are required to pass a counter intelligence polygraph.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a Science, Technology, Engineer, and Mathematics (STEM) discipline and at least five years of related experience
  • Solid understanding of programming language and operating system concepts and experience with assembly languages, such as, C, C++, Python, Perl, etc
  • Experience requiring skills in reverse engineering of embedded systems with proprietary operating systems for the purpose of introducing functionally to a fielded system
  • Experience requiring knowledge of C and Assembler software engineering for embedded platforms that run commercial and/or custom operating systems
  • Working experience in Microprocessors/Architectures: ARM, MIPS, RISC, PowerPC, XScale, StrongARM, x86
  • Contractor personnel are required to complete and pass a written test, prior to beginning work on the contract if they have not performed customer requirements previously.


  • Experience Operating Systems: VxWorks, Integrity, Embedded Linux, JunOS, Linux, Unix, Windows Embedded
  • Experience IDEs: Tornado, Workbench, VxSim, MULTI, TirneMachine, TraceEdge, Eagle CAD
  • Experience in Hardware Tools and Debuggers: Green Hills Probe, SuperTrace Probe, Slingshot, spectrum analyzer, logic analyzer, JTAG, Agilent Technologies equipment
  • Working experience in Software Tools and Debuggers: Wireshark, IDA Pro, OllyDbg, pcap, gdb, make, hex editorDesired: N/A


Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


SAIC® is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation's technology transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, digital, artificial intelligence, and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective, and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.

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