Cyber Security Vehicle Research and Design Engineer

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Cyber Security Vehicle Research and Design Engineer
Ford Motor Company

Job Description

Technology is advancing, connection mechanisms are growing, and consumers and hackers are becoming more sophisticated. With increasing networking between modules and access points into the vehicle, the attack surface has increased thereby opening up new potential vulnerabilities. Automobiles are no longer mere mechanical devices but are controlled by dozens of digital computers coordinated by internal networks. While all this technology has allowed for better personalized experiences, seamless integration into a person’s lifestyle, differential services, predictive diagnostics and safer driving conditions, the increase in complexity drives the need for advanced security and data solutions.

Ford’s Research and Advanced Engineering organization is expanding its Vehicle Cyber Security Team in order to explore, design and implement next generation vehicle electrical and network components that inherently reduce the attack surface of our vehicles and reduce risk to our automotive environment. We are both researching and reviewing new enterprise-wide features and technologies, as well as providing frameworks, processes and tools to help the research.

The ideal candidate will have outstanding security design analytical skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. We are looking for exceptionally creative, motivated and talented Cyber Security engineers to join our team to evaluate and develop advanced features, toolkits and consult on Secure-By-Design related architectures. We collaborate extensively within Ford and with external partners, thus we require exceptional communication and collaborative skills.

Work tasks span from the early research and development stages of ideation, experience and use case development, through development of Proof-of-Concept solutions, vehicle integration and finally delivery of features and processes to the Product Development organization.


  • Perform industry leading research in the automotive vehicle security and design domain

  • Participate and attend automotive security conferences and trainings

  • Collaborate on Future Engineering projects with outside partners in academia, government, and other internal Ford teams

  • Publish research and be an industry leader in the space

  • Develop and manage vehicle exploitation frameworks and mitigating design principles that are applicable to hardware design

  • Use code and verification tools to design, test and make recommendation regarding architectural vehicle component protections and process efficiencies.

  • Lead technology and security feature projects regarding Security-by-Design Formal Methods research. Deliver IEEE formatted research papers based on findings.

  • Actively ideate and invent new security techniques to inherently reduce the attack surface of the vehicle and it’s infrastructure

  • Synthesize vehicle control code, sensor models, and properties from specifications as applicable

  • Utilize embedded domain-specific programming languages for automotive design endeavors

  • Explore and promote formally verified electrical architecture systems, components and designs and how they could be integrated into Ford process

  • Emulate OS components and validate proofs to generate requirements

  • Assist Product Development in proof-of-concepts with new features and technology related to security

  • Experience with Security Testing/Evaluation Tools

  • Experience with Formal Methods or Common Criteria

  • Development of security requirement and design validation methodologies (DVM).

  • Research technologies and security benchmarking data gathering

  • Build and utilize computer simulation tools and set up for test bed for development and verification of security architecture frameworks

  • Develop and utilize formal secure architecture models and frameworks

  • Develop and utilize compositional verification tools and architecture-based assurance case methodologies

  • Develop and utilize code synthesis tools to generate build code

  • Assist with architecture process creation and product development security program creation

  • Limited traveling required (conferences, regional team meetings, government/academia visits, etc.)

Job Requirements:
Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Computer Information or Cybersecurity or Master’s degree in Electrical, Mathematics or Computer Engineering or Computer Science with Cybersecurity Experience

  • 2+ Years of Coding Experience

  • 2+ Years Testing and Validation Experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2+ years in research or simulation and modeling automotive experience

  • Ph.D. degree or higher in technical/mathematical discipline


  • Strong communication and analytical skills

  • Ability to work independently, take follow-up on project deliverables, go above and beyond the task at hand

  • Strong mathematical and formal logic methodology experience, electrical principle knowledge and simulation tool experience

  • Understanding of electrical architecture, development, design principals

  • Understanding and experience in embedded and/or automotive systems

  • Work well in a small team and be flexible enough to work on any aspect of the project as needed

  • Ability to develop and maintain technical documentation as required

  • Familiarity with in-vehicle network architecture, modules, and protocols (CAN etc.)

  • Electrical or System Engineering vehicle module experience

  • Conceptual understanding of security methodologies and challenges

The distance between imagination and …. Creation. It can be measured in years of innovation, or in moments of brilliance. And, it can be a road you start traveling right now. When you join Ford Motor Company, your journey begins. You 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.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this position.

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.