Cybersecurity Research Engineer

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Position Desrciption

Ford Vehicle and Mobility Cybersecurity is seeking professionals with a strong interest in understanding and resolving technical challenges in the automotive cybersecurity domain. The cybersecurity research team focuses on applied research into emerging and ubiquitous vehicle connectivity technologies, from component-level aspects through system and software implementation and communication protocols. Qualified individuals will have a strong aptitude to formulate open questions; devise creative solutions; deliver concise, rigorous prototype implementations, and clearly articulate in discussions, presentations, and research reports.


  • Lead technology and security research projects; deliver to internal customers
  • Research and develop concepts and solutions to address cybersecurity incidents reported by industry and research organizations
  • Participate in engineering projects to identify threats and vulnerabilities in our infrastructure, software and system architectures
  • Create storyboards, use cases, proof-of-concept demonstrations, specifications and requirements
  • Conduct Threat Analysis and Risk Assessments
  • Actively ideate and invent new security techniques or countermeasures for vehicle products
  • Perform competitive analyses and maintain knowledge of emerging technologies in the automotive and consumer electronics domains
  • Actively work with security Partners, Industry, University, and Governmental organizations for information sharing, joint project development, collaboration, and reporting
  • Research and develop threat intelligence briefings that are pertinent to our industry, company, and products
  • Minimal travel expected to attend cybersecurity conferences or meet with remote team members

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3+ years’ experience in embedded software, systems engineering, or automotive cybersecurity
  • 3+ years of experience in the following areas:
    • Embedded hardware security (Hardware trust anchor / HSM)
    • Software security feature implementation (secure firewall, gateway, network isolation & secure updates)
    • Automotive networking (CAN, LIN & Ethernet), automotive connectivity (cellular, satellite, Bluetooth) protocols, security, over the air updates and vehicle architectures, variations across multiple OEMs
    • Programming experience with one of the following tools: (C/C++/C#/Python/Java)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS/PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related fields
  • Good written, verbal, and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Comfort with rapid prototyping and disciplined software development processes
  • Ability to work independently, and take follow-up actions on research deliverables
  • Strong expertise in Threat Assessment and Remediation Analysis (TARA) experience
  • Familiarity with Mobile phone application programming, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and networking protocols
  • PKI experience on medium to large deployments

Join our team as we create tomorrow! We believe in putting people first, working together, and facing challenges head-on, because we are Built Ford Tough. We are one team striving to make people’s lives better while creating value, delivering excellence and ultimately going for the win.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not 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.protected veteran status.

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Entry level


  • Information Technology & Services
  • Computer Software
  • Automotive

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  • Information Technology

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