Hardware Exploitation Engineer

Type of Job


Required Clearance Level

Top Secret/SCI + FSP


Washington, D.C. Metro Area

We're looking for game changers. People who love what they do and who they do it for. Providing consulting services in operational support, intelligence collection, reporting, and data governance, R2C is a leader in delivering solutions for high priority national security concerns. Are you ready for a change?

R2C is seeking Hardware Exploitation Engineers to support a client's technical requirements on a mission focused program within a challenging, dynamic setting located in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

We welcome the most challenging problems facing our national security and apply intellect, talent, and innovation to reach feasible and valuable solutions to each challenge. That means we expect our employees to bring their “A game,” and you have the right to expect the same from the company that employs you. We want to hear your ideas. We want to hear your concerns. We want to make sure you have what you need to do the best you can on the job and grow in your career with us over time. Almost all companies say they have a culture of inclusiveness and that they value employee input, but R2C puts that statement to work every day. It’s time for a change. Come and experience a company that actually cares.


  • Conduct technical exploitation and examination of Digital Media

  • Conduct reverse engineering, failure analysis, and vulnerability analysis of hardware to identify exploitation opportunities

  • Modify hardware to enable forensic analysis and/or change the functionality of the media

  • Perform inspection, imaging, decapsulation, deprocessing, and other activities related to hardware reverse engineering and exploitation

  • Develop and maintain frameworks, processes, design patterns, techniques, tools, and standards for conducting hardware exploitation of digital media

  • Keep abreast of and report on scientific, engineering, and operational advances in hardware exploitation

  • Perform full-scope forensic examinations from the hardware aspect of media

  • Prepare technical reports, present results, and demonstrate system capabilities to peer review groups and managers

  • Participate in the analysis of embedded platform firmware and operating systems to understand security vulnerabilities associated with various platform communication links

  • Provide data recovery processes for hard drives, thumb drives, and other media with storage capacity


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electronics Engineering, or Electrical Engineering and at least five years of related experience

  • A Master of Science in the same field may be substituted for three years of required experience

  • Assembly language and C/C++ programming experience

  • Experience requiring skills in reverse engineering of embedded systems with proprietary operating systems for the express purpose of introducing functionality to an already existing fielded system

  • Experience researching hardware platforms to understand the software and hardware interaction of embedded systems

  • Experience requiring knowledge of C and Assembler software engineering for embedded platforms that run commercial and/or custom operating systems

  • Experience requiring a working knowledge of embedded system design, communication with peripheral devices at the hardware level and reverse engineering of system software

  • Experience in scripting languages: shell, Perl, Python or the like

  • Experience in Microprocessors/Architectures: ARM, MIPS, RISK, PowerPC, XScale, StrongARM, x86

  • Experience with various operating systems such as VxWorks, Integrity, Embedded Linux, JunOS, Linus, Unix, and Windows Embedded

  • Experience with IDEs such as Tornado, Workbench, VxSim, MULTI, TimeMachine, TraceEdge, Eagle CAD

  • Experience in Hardware Tools and Debuggers such as Green Hills Probe, SuperTrace Probe, Slingshot, spectrum analyzer, logic analyzer, JTAG, and Agilent Technologies equipment

  • Experience in Software Tools and Debuggers such as Wireshark, IDA Pro, OllyDbg, pcap, gdb, make, and hexeditor

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

  • DoD 8570 Certification

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with microprocessor instruction sets

  • Experience with RTOS

The Reports and Requirements Company, LLC (R2C) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Buchanan & Edwards, and provides consulting services in operational support, intelligence collection, reporting, and data governance. Located in Arlington, VA, R2C offers expertise on a variety of national security topics, with specific focus on operational support, technical operations, policies and management of large volumes of data, analysis of large amounts of data, & effective approaches to evaluating and sharing data, and innovative techniques for information collection. Our consultants develop and deliver training programs on subjects including cyber intelligence, data governance and information sharing protocols, intelligence collection, and reporting techniques. R2C has a mission first culture and boasts the benefits & perks of a small company with the resources, stability, and career mobility of a large corporation. R2C is dedicated to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. We are committed to crafting a workplace that endorses creativity and innovation, and promotes engagement through open communication, acceptance of new people and ideas, and a supportive team dynamic.

R2C is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities / Women / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation.

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Suite 2110

Arlington, VA 22209

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