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Computer Scientist

Information Sciences Institute Arlington, Virginia

Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a unit of USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and development of advanced information processing, computing, and communications technologies. USC operates one of the world’s largest academic high-performance computing clusters. ISI has three research campuses:  one in Marina del Rey, CA, one in Arlington, VA, and one in Waltham, MA.

*This position is located in Arlington, VA*

Information Sciences Institute (ISI) is looking for highly talented, motivated researchers to lead and impact state-of-the-art research and development in the area of reconfigurable computing. The Reconfigurable Computing Group (RCG) is a pioneer of research related to field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) including architecture, tools, applications, hardware trust, and security. It works closely with leading agencies such as DARPA, IARPA, and NASA where reconfigurable computing is a critical technology. Spanning the days of homogeneous logic devices to today’s billion transistor system on a chip devices, RCG has led the way from being the first to implement application-level partial runtime reconfiguration, investigating 3D FPGA architectures, developing autonomous system on chip architectures, releasing open source CAD tools that target real physical devices, and IP to address software/hardware co-design complexity.

Today, RCG is addressing our nation’s challenges in hardware cybersecurity, trusted systems, space-based systems, and more. This position will lead the research and technical direction of our hardware security research. Lead the investigation of secure and trusted computing architectures against real world scenarios. Architect and design device level security solutions. Develop and lead experiments utilizing specialized tools and techniques to quantify security performance on proto-type systems. Realize effectiveness of solutions on physical FPGAs and custom ASIC devices. Lead research, propose major innovations, collaborate with peers within the group and across ISI, publish results in top tier conferences, and contribute to or lead proposals.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD or equivalent experience in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering with experience in FPGA/ASIC security.
  • Previous publication, patents, or other displays of innovation in hardware specific security required.
  • Expert level knowledge of hardware security fundamentals and analysis (life cycle modeling, attack chains, hardware development flows, multi-level security, system evaluation).
  • Strong background and experience in VLSI, reliability, fault tolerance, 3D ICs, hardware trust, or hardware security required.
  • 5 years of strong experience in in Verilog/VHDL/C programming for FPGAs/ASICs required.
  • Ability to address security threats and solutions at multiple abstraction levels, including circuits, hardware micro-architecture, firmware, and platform-specific software.
  • Experience developing appropriate countermeasures against implementation attacks with a focus on the trade-off between system performance, system cost, and system security.
  • Experience with FIB, EM probing, and other failure analysis techniques a plus.
  • Experience developing design tools for secure embedded FPGA hardware and software a significant plus
  • Experience addressing security concerns for wireless and other applications of embedded systems a plus
  • Familiar with Xilinx or Altera implementation tools.
  • Problem solving experience in a multidisciplinary environment with engineers and scientists.
  • Experience leading or contributing to proposals a significant plus.

Applicants selected for this position will require access to Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).  According to U.S. government regulations, ONLY U.S. citizens are eligible for CUI access.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.


Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience: 3 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Knowledge of research processes and computer science.



REQ20047339 Posted Date: 07/19/2017

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