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Vulnerability Research Engineer

Requisition ID: R10032661

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 3

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Join Northrop Grumman – Xetron, part of Mission Systems sector, focused on the development of new capabilities for our military and intelligence customers around the globe.

As a small Operating Unit of the larger Northrop Grumman Corporation located in Cincinnati Ohio, Xetron is a rare example of a company with a small business culture operating collaboratively with its larger business entity. This unique environment offers employees the ability to know everyone at the site at a personal level while still working on technologies and products that are beyond state-of-the-art with global impact. You’ll get the opportunity to wrestle with the next big problems in an atmosphere of collaboration and cooperation, sharing your expertise with team members at all levels.

We are seeking a mid-career to senior, cleared or clearable Vulnerability Research Engineer who is self-motivated and energetic.

Essential Functions:

  • Perform vulnerability and reverse engineering on embedded systems

  • Perform vulnerability analysis on user and kernel mode drivers & interfaces

  • Develop, document, and demonstrate proof of concepts on based research findings

This position can be filled at the Engineer or Principal Engineer Level.

Basic Qualification for Engineer:

  • BS degree in STEM discipline such as Math, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering and 2 years of experience or MS degree in STEM discipline such as Math, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering and 0 years of experience. Note: 4 years of experience can be used is lieu of a degree

  • Experience with a disassembler for vulnerability research (IDA Pro, Ghidra, BinaryNinja, radare2, etc.)

  • Experience in C or C++

  • US Citizenship and ability to obtain and maintain a Top-Secret clearance to start

Basic Qualification for Principal Engineer:

  • BS degree in STEM discipline such as Math, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering and 4 years of experience or MS degree in STEM discipline such as Math, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering and 2 years of experience or PhD in STEM discipline such as Math, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering and 0 years of experience. Note: 4 years of experience can be used is lieu of a degree

  • Experience with a disassembler for vulnerability research (IDA Pro, Ghidra, BinaryNinja, radare2, etc.)

  • Experience in C or C++

  • US Citizenship and ability to obtain and maintain a Top-Secret clearance to start

Preferred Qualification:

  • Active Top-Secret clearance

  • Experience with one or more assembly languages (x86, x64, ARM, MIPS, etc.)

  • Development of disassembler extensions for tools such as IDA pro or Ghidra

  • Low level debug tools such as gdb, WinDbg, or OllyDbg

  • Experience with fuzzing research techniques (AFL++, taint analysis, PIN, Dynamic Memory Instrumentation, etc.)

  • Experience with vulnerability research on one or more operating systems (Android, IOS, Windows, Linux, etc.)

  • Reverse engineering hardware and software such as embedded systems (IoT), mobile devices/phones

  • Development of software to run in user mode or kernel mode

  • Certified Reverse Engineering Analyst (CREA)


Salary Range: $82,400 USD - $123,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $92,000 USD - $138,000 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.



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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.