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Firmware Engineer

Firmware Engineer
by Admin on 09-16-2022 at 1:53 pm

Website PQShield

About the company

PQShield is a highly innovative deep tech start-up that specialises in post-quantum cryptography and cybersecurity. Our mission is to innovate and create solutions for the world’s most imminent security challenge: quantum computers.

Here at PQShield, we understand our people are the most important factor in driving our success. Therefore, our core value is to provide them with a work environment that promotes personal and professional growth. Hard work and loyalty are always met with acknowledgement, appreciation and reward.

About the role

PQShield is looking for an Experienced Firmware Engineer to expand our Cryptographic Firmware IP team. Candidates should hold a degree or PhD in Computer Science\Electronics\Cryptography or equivalent. We hope that you have at least 5 years of experience, but also an open, research-oriented mindset.

The company is not too old, so you would be directly working with the founders and inventors of this deep tech start-up. However, the technology is already a couple of years in the making, its feasibility having been established, funding secured, and it has a clear path to market. This is a great opportunity to make career progress and to get a head start in a rapidly expanding segment of the semiconductor industry (Post-Quantum Cryptography and RISC-V).

Our IP components come together as a RISC-V MCU based Sub-system with advanced (post-quantum) cryptography algorithm support and security features.

What you’ll be doing

  • Implementation and optimization of secure control firmware for a hardware-software co-design system.
  • Integration with cryptographic system and application APIs: E.g., GlobalPlatform, ARM Platform Security Architecture, Linux kernel drivers.
  • Security code review, static and dynamic code analysis, model checking of the firmware.
  • Collaborate with internal Hardware\Software teams and customers on security requirements and functional features.

About you

  • PhD\Degree or equivalent in Computer Science\Electronics\Cryptography or other related discipline
  • Embedded programming in C , Assembler or Rust (primarily ARM, RISC-V).
  • Understanding of hardware/software interfaces; buses, operating system interfaces.
  • Knowledge of Cryptographic Algorithms and Protocols, Comfortable with the Mathematics of Cryptography.
  • Strong ability to interpret results and resolve problems

Nice to have

  • Experience with high-assurance programming techniques: vulnerability testing and code review, static and dynamic code analysis tools, formal methods (e.g. bounded model checking of firmware).
  • Exposure to modern cryptography: Post-Quantum cryptography, side-channel and implementation attacks, countermeasures, and security testing processes.
  • Microprocessor \ SoC architecture, ISA design
  • Knowledge of Industry standard SoC Security Architectures
  • Tamper resistance, Side-Channel Security Countermeasures
  • Secure elements, Smart Cards, FIPS 140, Common Criteria

 What we can offer you

  • Competitive salary.
  • EMI share option scheme.
  • Flexible & remote working, and a working from home budget.
  • Private health insurance for yourself and your family.
  • 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays).
  • 50% gym membership discount.
  • The chance to work with a really nice, smart and friendly team!
Apply for job

To view the job application please visit pqshield.com.

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