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Senior Cyber Physical Security Engineer

Location: Columbia, SC

Applications are submitted by directly emailing: careers@integer-tech.com

Job Description

Senior Cyber Physical Security Engineer

What
We Do

Integer Technologies is an applied research and product development company founded by scientists and engineers with a passion for technology and national security. We perform R&D on next-generation systems and technologies for the Department of Defense and other U.S. Government agencies. We are hardware and software developers with experience turning research into impactful products for military and commercial applications. Our core portfolio of research includes projects in controls and automation of maritime vessels, uncrewed systems, maritime perception, digital engineering, and advanced manufacturing. We are a startup founded for the purpose of putting research into action. Our mission is to create a safer world by translating scientific discoveries into reliable products that address urgent national security needs… at the speed of relevance. 

Our unmanned systems portfolio includes work on critical enabling technologies for more reliable, more intelligent, and longer-duration unmanned systems. We are actively developing a new perception system that automatically detects objects on and just below the surface of the water by fusing sensor data from multi-spectral cameras and radar using reliable and validated machine learning algorithms. Our power & energy systems portfolio includes work supporting the DoD’s the electrification of platforms beginning with Navy ships. Applications include hybrid and electric propulsion systems, autonomous controls, and integration with mission systems to achieve ultra-fast power system response.  

We are launching a new portfolio of applied research projects aimed at increasing the cyber resilience of cyber-physical systems fielded by the Navy. This includes uncrewed and autonomous systems, next-generation warships, and distributed forward operating bases. These projects will work to ensure Navy systems are able to operate in contested regions across the globe and that the Navy can respond effectively to the pace of change in the cyber battlespace.  

About the
Role

Integer seeks a Senior Cyber-Physical Security Engineer with proven expertise in the analysis, design, and development of algorithms and software integral to an integrated cyber-physical resilience stress testing platform for unmanned underwater and surface vessels (UUVs, USVs). In this vital role, the engineer will design, develop, and rigorously test systems to ensure robust security measures are embedded within for uncrewed and autonomous vehicles. 

The ideal candidate will possess prior experience in crafting sophisticated security solutions that enhance the operational integrity and resilience of autonomous maritime systems. This role requires the ability to lead and mentor other engineers and interface with Integer’s research partners for large, multi-year research projects working on increasing the cyber resilience of autonomous systems and the strength of the Navy’s capabilities in the cyber battlespace. 

Additionally, this position requires a deep understanding of the cyber physical research landscape, coupled with the acumen to identify, and address gaps in Department of Defense capabilities, and to pursue new cyber physical systems research projects.  

Our projects involve software and digital engineering tools deployed on physical systems with an emphasis on the interface between the digital and physical. Therefore, we are particularly interested in candidates with a diverse set of experiences with systems at multiple levels of development, including early-stage design and field deployments. An ideal candidate will have experience with operational cyber research for advanced autonomous systems, industrial control systems, and/or maritime vessels.  

Integer’s operating model is to provide a vehicle to turn academic science and technology research topics into tangible technology for the Department of Defense. As such, much of our work entails developing solutions for complex problems that presently have no known solutions. To achieve both internal and customer project goals all candidates must be able to perform research, understand new concepts from other engineering disciplines on advanced and complex topics, and document findings in a way that is easy for non-experts to understand. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a Senior Engineer for cyber research programs, with an emphasis on offensive cyber security methods for cyber physical systems on maritime platforms.  

  • Use prior experience and hands-on development skills to construct new vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, red-teaming, and reverse engineering tools for maritime autonomous systems.  

  • Engineer sophisticated cybersecurity measures, including AI/ML security tools, to enhance the resilience of autonomous systems.  

  • Contribute to the architecture design, development, and deployment of an attack emulation cyber-physical resilience stress test platform that simulates sophisticated cyber threats for testing and validation of security measures in cyber-physical systems.  

  • Develop and implement security protocols for real-time and near real-time decision-making architectures and operator-in-the-loop configurations.  

  • Integrate and prototype cyber-physical systems utilizing a variety of communication protocols such as CAN, MODBUS, and TCP/IP. 

  • Provide domain knowledge for cyber-physical system including technical analysis, experimental development, engineering, and product development.  

  • Mentor researchers and engineers on toolsets, best practices, and state-of-the-art methods in cyber research, fostering a culture of technical excellence. 

  • Employ best practices in software development to create scalable, secure, and efficient solutions.  

  • Maintain high standards of code quality and system reliability through rigorous testing and validation.  

  • Contribute to monthly and quarterly progress reports, white papers, research articles, and proposals for new cyber-physical systems security business opportunities.  

Core Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DoD Secret Clearance. 

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (e.g., cybersecurity, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or other related field) and 4+ years of experience relevant to primary responsibilities outlined above. 

  • OR 

  • Master’s degree in relevant field (e.g., cybersecurity, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or other related field) and 2+ years of experience relevant to the primary responsibilities outlined above. 

  • Strong background in computer and network architecture and operating systems. 

  • Conducted research on topics related to cyber-physical systems such as Internet of Things (IoT), Intelligent Sensors, Autonomous Systems, Industrial Control Systems, or other related topics.  

  • Experience with developing software with general purpose languages in a production environment such as Python.  

  • Experience programming in a low-level programming language such as C/C++. 

  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills and technical leadership.  

  • Must be comfortable with modern software engineering practices such as version control.  

  • Ability to travel up to approximately 15% of time.  

Additional
Desired
Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in relevant field (e.g., cybersecurity, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or other related field) and 1+ years of industry experience. 

  • Experience using Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) models to develop advanced cyber security tools.  

  • Experience with vulnerability assessment, exploit development, and/or reverse engineering for cyber-physical systems with AI/ML-based controllers or automation software (e.g., experience conducting research targeting AI/ML models within an autonomous systems’ decision loop). 

  • Experience with cyber research involving maritime or Navy platforms (e.g., automation and sensor systems onboard maritime vessels and/or uncrewed maritime systems).  

  • Experience reverse engineering and developing secure software for embedded systems.  

  • Experience designing integrated system/software/hardware architectures for autonomous vehicles. 

  • Product development. 

  • Working knowledge with any of the following: 

  • Exploit development. 

  • Deep Learning techniques. 

  • Docker and containerization. 

  • ROS (Robot Operating System). 

  • Network configurations, protocols, certificates, and firewalls. 

  • Secure coding practices. 

  • Secure firmware or middleware for embedded systems. 

  • RF, optical, or acoustics communications technologies.  

  • Modeling and Simulation tools (e.g., MATLAB). 

Company
Benefits

  • Base salary which exceeds local & national industry averages.  

  • Integer fully covers medical, prescription, vision, and dental insurance costs for the employee and dependents. Integer’s standard plan pays 100% of health insurance premiums for your entire family from a well-known national insurer, saving employees thousands of dollars annually. 

  • Year-end performance-based bonuses.  

  • 401(k) with company matching that vest immediately; no funny business.  

  • Paid vacation. 

  • Paid sick leave.  

  • Paid holidays. 

  • Relocation assistance available. 

Company Perks

  • Startup culture with the stability of a large company. Integer’s business plan has years of time phased contracted work, alleviating the would-be risk from a traditional small company.  

  • Direct access to company leadership, prioritization of people over process, and a stellar team with a shared desire for personal and professional growth.  

  • Friendly atmosphere where people enjoy not only their work and what they're creating but enjoy helping each other as well.  

  • Bottomless Coffee!  

Integer Technologies is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please let us know. In keeping with our culture and values of growth and open-mindedness, we at Integer Technologies believe in the inherent benefits of a diverse workforce and inclusive work environment. Trust, inclusion, openness, and diversity of perspectives are paramount for our team to perform at its peak.

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