Embedded Hardware Security Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) - Hybrid

Sandia National Laboratories

Livermore, USA

Job posting number: #7223875 (Ref:Sa690525)

Posted: March 25, 2024

Job Description

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
  • Extraordinary co-workers
  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
  • Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)
  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Are you interested in designing and developing secure digital systems that have national security impact? Do you enjoy designing digital devices with strong security architecture? Do you have experience in digital design, embedded systems security, software security, or have strong cybersecurity fundamentals? Are you excited to build innovative secure digital systems from the ground up at the forefront of national security?

If so, the Reliability and Digital Assurance group is looking for an exceptional Embedded Hardware Security Engineer to join our team. You will work directly with weapon systems teams to design and secure their systems. You will be expected to design and analyze systems from a security perspective and be able to discover security concerns and provide mitigating solutions. You will use your security knowledge to influence and cultivate a strong systems security engineering culture. Come join our team and make a national impact.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Partner with design and engineering teams to create secure systems
  • Develop system security requirements (hardware/software) from concept to production
  • Architect, design, and validate implementations of secure protocols of digital systems
  • Develop applicable security policies, standards, and procedures
  • Identify and present innovative security solutions
  • Develop and implement new technologies that can advance security of the system
  • Support technical design reviews (hardware/software) including security audits, and provide clear feedback and practical solutions
  • Perform security testing and evaluation that will drive design and architecture changes
  • Assist in technical security assessment, vulnerability discovery, red-teaming exercise and provide vulnerability remediation guidance and recommendations

Applicants on this requisition may be interviewed by multiple organizations at Sandia National Laboratories.

This position is eligible for some telecommuting. The selected applicant must live within a reasonable distance for commuting to the assigned work location when necessary.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master's degree in Computer Science/Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related subject area; or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience
  • Strong cyber security fundamentals or strong digital systems design fundamentals with design, emulation/prototyping, or security experience in one or more of the following areas: platform architecture, embedded systems, hardware, firmware, or software
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experienced in hardware/software threat analysis, vulnerability assessment, and risk assessment, and well-versed in cyber exploits, CVE, CWE, and in particular offensive hardware security techniques
  • Experience in advanced hardware verification techniques, such as hardware-assisted emulation, constrained random testing, automated test generation, modeling and benchtop testing of ASIC- and/or FPGA-based systems
  • Experience in auditing code in C/C++, Java, Python, Assembly, SystemVerilog/Verilog/VHDL or other embedded languages for security review
  • Practical experience in software, firmware, or embedded systems development with strong understanding of performance and platform security trade-offs
  • Experience with security requirements, security standards, and assurance (NIST, CNSS, etc.), with working knowledge of risk management frameworks
  • Active DOE Q security clearance

About Our Team:

The Cyber Systems Assessments department stewards two key capabilities among the six departments of the 8740 Reliability and Digital Assurance group: rigorous cyber experimentation and Nuclear Deterrence (ND) cyber research. Our rigorous cyber experimentation capability is driven by innovative cyber engineering; involves emulation, modeling, simulation and analysis of cyber systems; and seeks to provide robust, science-driven understanding of complex, distributed cyber systems of national security importance. The team represents the core of the Emulytics™ capability at Sandia/CA in partnership with the Emulytics™ community in Sandia/NM. Alongside researchers in cyber security, data science, hardware security, and adversarial modeling across Sandia and Academia, we provide capabilities, guidance, and evaluation for Department of Homeland Security and other government sponsors. For the ND mission, we are at the forefront of cyber experimentation capabilities for digital assurance, enabling the assessment and protection of high consequence digital systems throughout their development lifecycles. To amplify our impact on national security missions, we regularly collaborate across the 8740 group as well as with cyber organizations across the Center and in other Divisions.

Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Position Information:

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

Job ID: 690525

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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