Temporary employment
Den Haag
Doctorate/PhD (EQF 8), Master (EQF 7)
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Job description 

Immerse yourself in research projects covering the analysis, reparation, and accessibility accessing of modern integrated circuits at various levels, from packages to components. In addition, contribute to law enforcement in the Netherlands. You will only find that unique combination at the Netherlands Forensic Institute, where you get to work as a digital forensic researcher and examiner.


As a digital expert in the field of mobile device hacking, you will strengthen the Digital Technology team. Your challenge? Reverse engineer the workings and security of mobile consumer devices. Develop a method on a reference device in such a way that it can be applied on confiscated devices, in order to extract the data or break through the security and recover the information within the device.


You will collaborate with experts of the Digital Technology team that are proficient in reverse engineering, engineering, crypto and data-analysis. You will support the development of setups that are used to analyze target devices with side-channel analysis and fault injection. On the other hand, you will familiarize yourself in attack concepts developed by others and adjust these for use in forensic cases.


Both on a software and hardware level, using your low-level knowledge of embedded devices, the code you will develop will run close to the firmware or even lower, so stable measurements can be acquired. You will make small changes in the hardware of target devices in order to access relevant signals and optimize measurement setups. To be able to do so, you will analyze software (reverse engineering) and hardware of the target devices at the lowest level, for a large part in a black box scenario.


Obtaining access of secured mobile devices is a multidisciplinary problem that includes other fields of expertise such as chip-off, silicon analysis, exploit development, FPGA-engineering and cryptography. This is why you will include your colleagues in the team Digital Technology and their international partners where necessary. Besides this, you can shape and focus your research by yourself. You must be able to work well individually, but you do not hesitate to ask for help when needed and have a pragmatic attitude.


Job requirements

  • University level education, preferably with a large computer security component.
  • Proven, preferably practical, low-level knowledge of embedded systems (hardware and firmware).
  • Provable, preferably practical, knowledge of Android’s chain of trust.
  • Provable, preferably practical knowledge and experience with (hardware) reverse engineering.
  • Knowledge of FDE, FBE, Keymaster and StrongBox is preferred.
  • Experience with software reverse engineering on a variety of layers (ROM, firmware, kernel, PBL, SBL, XBL, aboot, sboot, Android) is preferred.
  • Knowledge of trusted execution environments is preferred.
  • You have an affinity with simulating firmware.
  • Experience (or affinity with) with micro-soldering is preferred.
  • You have a wide interest of integrated components, signal analysis and cryptography.
  • You are able to focus on and execute your own research and communicate about this with your colleagues.
  • You are a team player, good in collaborating, and like to take initiative.
  • You have an affinity with hardware development (FPGAs, PCB-development).
  • You have an affinity with software development (VHDL, C, Python).
  • You have an affinity with security and justice.


  • analytical ability
  • judgement
  • persuasiveness
  • collaborate
  • planning and organizing
  • creativity

Employment conditions

  • Salaris­niveauschaal 11, schaal 12
  • Salaris­omschrijving: Civil Service job description and evaluation system is applicable for this position. Classification is based on your education and experience. At the start it is possible that you will be appointed on a starting scale. This can be one scale lower than the relevant job scale.

    Possibly, a temporary 8% allowance on top of the monthly salary is applicable because of tight labour market conditions.

  • Maand­salaris: Min €3.503 – Max. €6.045 (bruto)
  • Dienst­verband: Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd met uitzicht op onbepaalde tijd
  • Contract­duur: 1 jaar
  • Minimaal aantal uren per week: 36
  • Maximaal aantal uren per week: 36

Other employment conditions

In addition to the salary, you receive a so-called individual choice budget (ICB). The ICB consists of funds (16.37% of your gross annual salary) and time. You can use the ICB to make the choices that suit your preferences and you can decide on some of your employment conditions yourself. For example, you can opt to have part of your monthly income paid out at a date of your choosing. You can also convert this budget into leave — and the other way round — or spend it on tax-friendly causes. The Government of the Netherlands strongly values personal growth and career development and offers numerous opportunities to achieve this. The fringe benefits include various study facilities, company fitness training, full reimbursement of your costs of commuting by public transport, and partially paid parental leave.



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  • Checking the integrity of our new colleagues is of great importance to the NFI. For this position, a security investigation B is carried out by the General Intelligence and Security Service. A nondisclosure agreement is also part of the application process.
  • During your work it could happen that you must wear personal protective equipment. This is for your own safety, but also to prevent contamination of the objects to be examined.
  • There is a pool of employees who periodically participate in the 24-hour reachability and availability services. This may also apply to your position.
  • A secondment agreement is one of the options for employees within the State of the Netherlands Government.
  • Skill tests can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Obtaining references could be a part of the application process.
  • You are not obliged to state your date of birth and gender in your CV and application form.
  • No rights can be derived from this vacancy.
  • No agencies please.