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Offensive Cybersecurity Researcher

Draper Labs
United States, Massachusetts, Cambridge
555 Technology Square (Show on map)
April 09, 2024

Offensive Cybersecurity Researcher
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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 2,000+ employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit www.draper.com.

Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now www.draper.com/careers.

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Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact hr@draper.com.


Draper is actively seeking candidates to support current and future offensive cybersecurity projects across a variety of domains supporting the United States of America's national interest and advancing cutting edge research in the fields of Reverse Engineering and Vulnerability Research. Due to the nature of delivering mission-critical capabilities and developing novel applications, the ideal candidate should utilize an interdisciplinary approach to problems and leverage knowledge in other domains and fields. The position has the opportunity to contribute to numerous development efforts encompassing: reverse engineering, exploit development, red teaming, offensive cyber security projects, fuzzing, obfuscation, binary uplifting, and program analysis and synthesis.


Within the Offensive Cyber Security group we acknowledge that many people in the field may have non-traditional educational paths and we want to encourage all potential applicants to apply.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants should satisfy at least two or more of the following:

    Approximately 3+ years of job or personal experience in the field, with work related directly to Reverse Engineering and/or Vulnerability Research.
  • A degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related discipline.
  • Familiarity with common types of software and/or hardware vulnerabilities and exploits.
  • Fluency and experience developing tools in one of the following preferred programming languages:
    • Assembly, C, C++, Python, Rust, OCaml
  • Familiarity and experience with binary disassembler/decompiler tools.
  • Familiarity with one or more operating system internals:
    • Windows, GNU/Linux, QNX, RTOS

Preferred Qualifications:

The Offensive Cyber Security group strives to ensure that we all continually improve our technical and personal skillsets to ensure that we remain at the forefront of novel research and development. As such we strongly believe that having a healthy and positive team environment is essential for encouraging individual and team growth.

  • Enthusiastic about personal and group based technical growth.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with others to aid in knowledge transfer.

Due to the interdisciplinary aspects of the position the applicants are not expected to have familiarity with all of the following desired skills but familiarity with at least three or more of the following topics, tools, or techniques will be beneficial to accelerating the process.


  • Familiarity with of one or more hardware or hypervisor architectures:
    • x86, x86_64, MIPS, ARM, RISC-V, VT-x, SVM
  • Familiarity with one or more operating system internals:
    • Windows, GNU/Linux, QNX, RTOS
  • Familiarity with networking stack and associated technologies:
    • Operating System implementation, hardware implementation

Software Domain:

  • User-mode and kernel-mode debuggers.
  • Experience with static and dynamic program analysis for binary and/or network domains.
  • Knowledge of compiler internals and passes.
  • Web application penetration testing.

Embedded Domain:

  • Discovery and usage of debug interfaces with target devices via JTAG/SWD/BDM.
  • Custom filesystem extraction and modification, removal and/or regeneration of OOB/CRC data.
  • Bus and protocol analysis / reverse engineering.

Network Domain:

  • TCP/IP and UDP datagrams
  • Knowledge of the OSI model
  • Deep Packet Capture and Analysis
  • Custom Protocol Analysis / Implementation

Hardware Domain:

  • eMMC/NAND/SPI flash data extraction and flashing.
  • Competent electronic skills (soldering and in-circuit debugging).
  • Side channel attack (glitching) experience to place components and/or devices into altered states to bypass protection.

Security Requirement:

  • Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a government security clearance.
  • An existing clearance of Top Secret is preferred. However, an existing clearance of Secret is also beneficial.

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