Research Engineer - Automotive Cyber Security

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Research Engineer - Automotive Cyber Security
Palo Alto
Ford Motor Company

Job Description
Ford’s Palo Alto Research and Innovation Center is looking to hire a team of Cyber Security Research Engineers. The engineers will split their time between hardware, software and radio research. The engineers will have an opportunity to work on exciting new projects related to Autonomous driving and other exciting projects coming out of RIC Palo Alto. Engineers will also have the opportunity to interact with the larger security and startup ecosystem that exists in Silicon Valley.


  • Research Cyber Security Projects
  • Perform penetration testing on internal software
  • Evaluate secure architecture of other teams
  • Participate in software and hardware hardening discussions

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering
  • 4+ years experience performing cybersecurity design testing and research

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of SDLC as it relates to security
  • Ability to scope, lead and participate in a penetration test of software and/or hardware
  • Ability to mentor non-cybersecurity peers
  • Secure coding knowledge
  • Knowledge of secure boot, code signing and secure execution
  • Experience with one of the following:
    • SDR / GNU Radio
    • Wifi Security / Cracking
    • Bluetooth / Zigbee / ZWave security or cracking
    • IoT Security
    • JTag/UART/Serial debugging / reverse engineering
    • PCB knowledge
    • Ultrasonic Sensors
    • Lidar Sensors
    • Machine vision systems
The distance between imagination and … creation. It can be measured in years of innovation, or in moments of brilliance. When you join the Ford team discover all the benefits, rewards and development opportunities you’d expect from a diverse global leader. You’ll become part of a team that is already leading the way, with ingenious solutions and attainable products – and it is always ready to go further.

This position may be open to sponsorship.

Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.