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Researcher in the field of Reverse Engineering

Code: SIT-2019-5

Fraunhofer SIT is one of the leading research institutions for IT security in Germany and Europe. The focus is on applied research and the development of innovative solutions for real security and data protection issues. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will be establishing a national research center for applied cybersecurity in Darmstadt, Germany, with the involvement of the Darmstadt Universities. The Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT) will have a major role in establishing this center.

Do you enjoy CTF competitions, searching for and analyzing security flaws and vulnerabilities in hardware or software? Do you love the challenges of reversing unknown systems? We share that! We analyze customer systems in security audits using reverse engineering or code reviews as white hat hackers. We do research on the automation of the necessary processes and tools. Your tasks will be the further development of our analysis tools and the processing and evaluation of findings. For example, we develop new methods for static and dynamic analysis, tools for leveraging application hardening and for finding security gaps in general. Always in connection with and by means of hands-on white hat hacking.

To expand the Testlab Mobile Security department, we are looking for motivated employees with sound knowledge in the field of IT security. Your tasks will include on the one hand the execution of systematic vulnerability analyses, penentration testing and binary exploitation using reverse engineering or source code audits. On the other hand the work focusses on the development of tools for an automated vulnerability search and the evaluation of findings, for example for iOS and Android apps. To this end, we need the support of motivated employees who want to contribute their own ideas and research new methods with us.

What we expect from you

  • Passion for IT security, reverse engineering and penetration testing
  • Sound knowledge or experience in the field of mobile security or classic IT security
  • Practical application experience in the area of penetration testing tools, such as disassembler and debugger, as well as knowledge of processor architectures, software development, machine languages or assembly are advantageous.
  • First experience in several programming languages
  • Good knowledge of German and English (written and spoken)
  • University studies in computer science, mathematics or a related field of study

What you can expect from us

  • International research environment
  • Systematic career planning
  • Possibility to pursue a PhD and further the scientific development
  • Options for various career qualifications in science and industry
  • State-of-the-art workplace and collegial work atmosphere
  • Support for balancing work and family, e.g. teleworking, flexible work hours
  • Develop personal network further
  • Working location is Darmstadt


Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD). Additionally Fraunhofer may grant performance-based variable remuneration components.
The weekly working time is 39 hours.
The position is initially limited for 3 years.
In case of identical qualifications, preference will be given to severely disabled candidates.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is committed to providing equal career opportunities for men and women.
This vacancy is also available on a part-time basis.


Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. According to the 2018 „Randstad Employer Brand Research Global Report“ Fraunhofer is one of the most attractive employers. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas.


For additional questions regarding this position, please contact
Dr. Jens Heider
E-Mail: jens.heider(at)
Tel: +49 6151 869-233


Please apply online or send your application via Email with reference to the job-ID-number SIT-2018-5 to application[at] oder

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V.
Human Resources
Rheinstr. 75
64295 Darmstadt


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