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Job ID: JR0202319
Job Category: Intern/Student
Primary Location: Hillsboro, OR US
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Job Type: Intern

Security Research Intern

Job Description

The research intern will perform security research involving systems software, cloud runtimes, compilers, computer architecture, and cryptography. We are looking for a candidate that is proficient with the Linux kernel and system libraries, runtimes for programming languages such as C, C++, open-source workflows and tools, and cloud orchestration frameworks and runtimes for microservices and Function-as-a-Service (FaaS).

Responsibilities may include:

  • Threat assessments, design of security components, and vulnerability assessment
  • Analyzing and developing security architectures.
  • Developing research prototypes and evaluating their performance and security efficacy on virtual platforms.
  • Extending cloud orchestration frameworks and runtimes for microservices and FaaS.
  • Modifying the Linux kernel.
  • The candidate investigates the feasibility of applying scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions and products typically several years prior to landing on a product roadmap.
  • Develops solutions to problems utilizing formal education, judgment and formal processes.
  • Maintains substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art security principles, theories, attacks and contributes to literature and conferences.


Behavioral traits that we are looking for:

  • Strong analytic skills and work in a dynamic and team-oriented environment.
  • Motivated individual who can take initiative and perform research independently
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills


You must possess the below requirements to be initially considered for this position. Preferred qualifications are in addition to the requirements and are considered a plus factor in identifying top candidates. Experience listed below would be obtained through a combination of your schoolwork and/or classes and/or research and/or relevant previous job and/or internship experiences

Minimum Requirements:

The candidate must be pursuing a PhD degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related subject, with a focus on platform Security, core architecture, memory management.

1+ year of experience in below areas:

  • Computer architecture, operating system principles, memory / cache management
  • C, C++
  • Assembly
  • Debugging experience with gdb/lldb/idb.
  • Linux-based operating systems and development environments, e.g. shell, ssh, and make.
  • Research in at least one of the areas of Platform Security, memory safety or cryptography.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience/knowledge in one or more of the following:

  • Computer architecture, trustworthy computing, anti-malware, compartmentalization, Microservices for cloud computing, browser security.
  • 1+ years of experience in modifying the Linux kernel
  • 1+ year of experience with microservices or Function-as-a-Service orchestration frameworks and runtimes
  • 1+ year experience with virtualization

1+ year experience modifying compiler / linker

Inside this Business Group

Intel Labs is the company's world-class, industry leading research organization, responsible for driving Intel's technology pipeline and creating new opportunities. The mission of Intel Labs is to deliver breakthrough technologies to fuel Intel's growth. This includes identifying and exploring compelling new technologies and high risk opportunities ahead of business unit investment and demonstrating first-to-market technologies and innovative new usages for computing technology. Intel Labs engages the leading thinkers in academia and industry in addition to partnering closely with Intel business units.

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by local law, regulation, or ordinance.

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