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Intel Research Scientist in Des Moines, Iowa

Job Description

Initiates the design, development, execution and implementation of scientific research projects to fuel Intel's growth in the areas of computing, communication, technology and manufacturing and new business opportunity. Investigates the feasibility of applying scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions and products typically 7+ years prior to landing on a product roadmap. Plans and executes laboratory research. Maintains substantial knowledge of stateoftheart principles and theories, and contributes to scientific literature and conferences. May participate in development of intellectual property. May coordinate interdepartmental activities and research efforts. Typically holds a PhD.

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Maintain substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories. Contribute to scientific literature via papers and presentations. Initiate the design, development, and implementation of security-related scientific research projects to fuel Intel's growth in the areas of data processing and network communications related to new and existing business opportunities.

  • Use scientific methods to investigate the feasibility of novel concepts typically 5-7+ years prior to landing on a product roadmap.

  • Validate ideas through prototyping, including systems software (Operating Systems, Virtual Machine Monitors, compilers, runtime libraries), CPU simulations, FPGAs and working with CPU/GPU/XPU ISA/hardware/microcode extensions.

  • Participate in development of intellectual property related to their research.

  • Independent thinker and team player to move state of the art technologies forward.

  • The candidate should possess strong analytic skills and ability to work in a dynamic and team-oriented environment. This is an entry level position and compensation will be given accordingly.


You must possess the minimum qualifications to be initially considered for this position. Preferred qualifications are in addition to the minimum requirements and are considered a plus factor in identifying top candidates. Relevant experience can be obtained through schoolwork, classes and project work, internships, military training, and/ or work experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • The candidate must possess a PhD degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related field, with a focus on platform security, core architecture, accelerators, system software, or memory management.

  • Research in at least one of the following areas: Platform security, memory safety, malware exploits / analysis, security-relevant systems software, core architecture, accelerators

  • 2+ years of experience in Computer architecture

  • 1+ year of experience with Git.

  • 2+ years of experience in C, C++ or Rust experience.

  • 2+ years of debugging experience with gdb/lldb/idb.

  • 1+ year of experience with IA-32 assembly language

  • 2+ years of experience with Linux-based operating systems and development environments, e.g. shell, ssh, and make.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience/knowledge in one or more of the following:

  • Trustworthy computing, anti-malware, compartmentalization, microservices for cloud computing,

  • 1+ years of experience in Verilog / RTL experience for developing low level CPU pipeline enhancements

  • 1+ years of experience in modifying the Linux kernel

  • 2+ years of experience in security and/or cryptography

  • 1+ year of experience with microservices or Function-as-a-Service (FaaS) orchestration frameworks and runtimes

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.

Covid Statement

Intel strongly encourages employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Intel aligns to federal, state, and local laws and as a contractor to the U.S. Government is subject to government mandates that may be issued. Intel policies for COVID-19 including guidance about testing and vaccination are subject to change over time.

Posting Statement

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.


We offer a total compensation package that ranks among the best in the industry. It consists of competitive pay, stock, bonuses, as well as, benefit programs which include health, retirement, and vacation. Find more information about all of our Amazing Benefits here:

Working Model

This role will be eligible for our hybrid work model which allows employees to split their time between working on-site at their assigned Intel site and off-site. In certain circumstances the work model may change to accommodate business needs.