Trail of Bits
High-end cybersecurity consultancy with a real-world attacker mentality.

AIxCC Research Engineer

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About Trail of Bits

Trail of Bits helps secure the world's most targeted organizations and products. We combine high-end security research with a real-world attacker mentality to reduce risk and fortify code.

As a cybersecurity research and consulting firm, our team has worked on some of the most innovative software projects millions of people use worldwide. We help the best companies in the world — Epic Games, Google, Microsoft, Zoom, and others —  with their most complex security challenges by designing and building new technology, researching new techniques, and reviewing the security of the latest available products before they hit the market.

Our team considers developing and sharing our knowledge as a natural part of doing business. We push to publish every tool or project so the public — not just our clients — benefit from our expertise and innovations. It's a practice that's earned us industry accolades and helped contribute to our double-digit bottom-line growth.


Our Research & Engineering practice is dedicated to advancing the state of the art for discovering, patching, and preventing software vulnerabilities. As the AIxCC Research Engineer at Trail of Bits, you will join an existing team and access Trail of Bits’ resources as a core individual contributor among researchers and engineers participating in DARPA's AI Cyber Challenge (AIxCC). 

The challenge aims to leverage the power of AI-driven systems to address critical cybersecurity issues, including securing vital infrastructure and software supply chains. You will collaborate closely with leading AI companies, DARPA, and other challenge advisors to develop state-of-the-art cybersecurity solutions and compete in both the semifinal and final phases of the competition.


  • Contribute to the research and engineering for competing in DARPA's AI Cyber Challenge (AIxCC).
  • Develop and implement innovative AI-driven cybersecurity tools and techniques.
  • Design, prototype, and optimize software solutions to defend critical software at scale.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure seamless integration of AI-driven cybersecurity systems.
  • Participate with the team through the qualifying event, semifinal competition, and final AI Cyber Challenge competition phases.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in AI and cybersecurity to ensure the team's competitive edge.


  • Bachelor’s, Master's, or Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related field.
  • Experience with cybersecurity competitions, challenges, or CTFs is a plus.
  • Experience in research and development efforts in cybersecurity, like static and dynamic analysis and fuzzing.
  • Strong background in AI and machine learning techniques, with a focus on their application in cybersecurity.
  • Proficiency in programming languages commonly used in AI and cybersecurity, such as Python, C++, or Rust.
  • Familiarity with open-source software development practices and tools.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to think creatively to develop innovative solutions.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Demonstrated passion for advancing the field of AI and cybersecurity to better society.

The base salary for this full-time position ranges from $150,000 to $300,000, excluding benefits and potential bonuses. Various factors influence our salary ranges, including the specific role, level of seniority, geographic location, and the nature of the employment contract. An individual's specific work location, unique skills, experience, and relevant educational background will determine the final offer within this range. The presented salary range encompasses the starting salaries for all U.S. locations. For a precise salary estimate tailored to your preferred location, please discuss it with your recruiter during the hiring process.

Trail of Bits, Inc. participates in E-Verify, the US federal electronic employment eligibility verification program. Learn more.

Company Perks

  • Before, during and after COVID-19, our workforce works flexibly. Many employees choose to work from home around the globe. As long as you deliver against your goals, we encourage you to harness your personal working style to let you work best.
  • Liberal expense policy for acquiring the equipment and software that help you do your job. If we need hardware to work effectively, we buy it. 
  • We offer exceptional and tailored technical, leadership and organizational training for our team members. Everyone is encouraged to identify additional opportunities for personal professional growth with working at Trail of Bits.
  • We routinely highlight the amazing work our employees do via our blog, product offerings, and conference talks. We celebrate you!
  • We're at the forefront of a number of markets and have the internal expertise and the ambition to capitalize on those opportunities. Our employees see their work in use and valued by many others.

Highlighting some of our US & Canadian Full-Time Employee Benefits:

  • Multiple generous health, vision, and dental insurance plans.
  • Ancillary benefits including life and disability insurance.
  • Retirement plan with 5% company matching.
  • 4 months paid parental leave.
  • Moving expenses to NY: $5,000 one-time.
  • Charitable donations matching up to $2,000.
  • One time $1,000 at home office expense stipend.
  • $500/year personal learning & development budget.
  • Executive coaching for managers & above.
  • Bonuses for recruiting, public speaking, tool releases, blog posts, academic posters, proposals, and whitepapers, and end-of-year bonuses based on company, team, and personal performance.
  • 20 days of PTO per year for vacation, sick, and personal time off.
  • 15 company holidays per year.
  • Carbon offsets for your personal and corporate carbon emissions through Project Wren.

Dedication to diversity, equity & inclusion

Trail of Bits is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace where our employees can thrive and be themselves! We welcome all persons into our community. We embrace the diversity of gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, physical and mental disabilities, medical condition, genetic characteristic, sexual orientation, marital status, family care or medical leave status, military or veteran status, or perceived membership in any of these groups.

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What are Trail of Bits Perks + Benefits

Trail of Bits Benefits Overview

Empowered Living
From the moment you start, our holistic approach takes care of you and your family with fully company-covered insurance packages — health, dental, vision, disability, and life. We complement this with a solid 401(k) match of 5% of your base salary to build your future financial health. Plus, to maintain a healthy work-life balance, you're entitled to 4 weeks (20 days) of paid vacation (unless otherwise mandated by jurisdictional regulations), with the flexibility to add more.

Nurturing New Beginnings
Embracing life's milestones is part of our ethos. As you welcome new family members, our 4 months of parental leave ensures you're fully present in those precious early moments. And if relocating to the vibrant heart of New York City is part of your journey, we make the move smoother with a $5,000 relocation assistance.

Work & Life Enrichment
We recognize that a fulfilling career transcends the confines of the office. That's why we offer an initial $1,000 Working-from-Home (WFH) stipend to set up your ideal home office, ensuring productivity and comfort in your workspace. Our commitment to your continuous learning and development comes with a yearly $750 L&D stipend, encouraging you to grow your skills and knowledge. To foster our united spirit, we bring everyone together for an all-company celebration, with all travel and accommodation provided, to recognize our shared successes and strengthen our community bonds.

Community Impact
Integral to our culture is a dedication to exerting a positive influence beyond our workplace, where we annually match your philanthropic contributions up to $2,000. Our commitment also extends to environmental responsibility, where employees can participate in Project Wren, a subscription service that offsets their carbon footprint through climate change initiatives.

Volunteer in local community
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Mandated unconscious bias training
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Transgender health care benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Pay transparency
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend
Continuing education available during work hours
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

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