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Job ID: JR0161767
Job Category: Engineering
Primary Location: Vancouver, BC CA
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Job Type: Experienced Hire

Security Firmware Validation Engineer (SK)

Job Description

This position is associated with the sale of Intel's NAND memory and storage business to SK Hynix (you can read more about the transaction in the press release - The transaction will enhance the resources and potential of the business' storage solutions including client and enterprise SSDs, in the rapidly growing NAND Flash space amid the era of big data.

This is an exciting time to be at Intel - come join Core Systems Engineering as a Security Firmware Validation Engineer and work on one of the most advanced 3DNAND and SSD technology portfolios in the world. As the global leader in the semiconductor industry, Intel possesses many industry-leading SSD technologies including the most capable Quadruple Level Cell (QLC) NAND Flash products. As a Security Firmware Validation Engineer, you will be part of a world-class team that will transition to lead the SSD business at SK Hynix.

This position aligns to Phase 1 of the transaction which includes the 3DNAND enterprise and client SSD business. Phase 1 is expected to close in late 2021, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. At deal close, all employees aligned to this phase of the transaction will transition to SK Hynix.

In this role your responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Define, develop, and implement firmware validation test strategy and execution plans.
  • Integrate tests into an automated test environment and collaborate with test execution teams to drive your validation plans.
  • Design and implement firmware feature additions and bug fixes.
  • Triage failures and recommend or implement solutions in the product or test code.
  • Review, track, and document test results and issues.
  • Ensure necessary coverage based on product requirements, internal specifications, and customer use cases to validate the firmware holistically.
  • Engage with the platform validation teams to ensure SSD products have a robust overall validation plan and firmware validation and integration schedules are aligned properly.
  • Developing technical expertise in the new technology areas to ensure you can have significant impact on developing validation coverage plans for new complex capabilities.

The ideal candidate should exhibit the following behavioral traits:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills for interfacing with architecture, validation, manufacturing and other disciplines
  • Good analytical and debugging skills
  • Highly motivated self-starter willing to work in collaborative environment with cross-organizational teams


You must possess the below minimum qualifications to be initially considered for this position. Preferred qualifications are in addition to the minimum requirements and are considered as plus factors in identifying top candidates

Candidate should possess a Bachelor of Science degree with 5+ years additional experience or a Master of Science degree with 3+ years additional experience in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering or related field

Minimal Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5+ years of experience with high level programming in C/C++ and scripting languages like Python.
  • Minimum of 5+ years of validation experience with embedded firmware, realtime operating system RTOS, and HW/SW interactions.
  • Minimum of 2+ years of experience in developing, reviewing, and implementing test plans.
  • Minimum of 3+ years of experience with hardware and software debugging using JTAG, logic analyzers, protocol analyzers etc.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in C/C++ programming skills in an embedded environment
  • Experience developing unit tests for code quality validation
  • Knowledge of Agile development methodologies
  • Knowledge of software validation concepts
  • Industry experience in SSDs storage protocols especially PCIe and/or NVMe
  • Exposure to commercial product development and validation environment
  • Experience in data manipulation and memory management algorithms in flash memories
  • Experience in validation of TCG storage security specifications
  • Experience with Fuzz and/or Penetration testing tools
  • Virtual platform development experience, planning writing and executing tests on an emulated product

Inside this Business Group

Non-Volatile Solutions Memory Group:  The Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group is a worldwide organization that delivers NAND flash memory products for use in Solid State Drives (SSDs), portable memory storage devices, digital camera memory cards, and other devices.  The group is responsible for NVM technology design and development, complete Solid State Drive (SSD) system hardware and firmware development, as well as wafer and SSD manufacturing.

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