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Post-Doctoral Researcher -- IoT network design and security

Norwood, Massachusetts

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We connect people, processes and technologies. We enable strategy, empower business, and create value for clients, partners and employees. That's what makes Technology at FM Global so exciting. We build resilience and security into all aspects of our technology infrastructure which is the cornerstone from which all other services are provided.

  • Full Time

    Full Time

  • Level: Mid

    Level: Mid

  • Travel: Yes

    Travel: Yes

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For our 1,800 engineers helping protect our clients' businesses against potential disaster, the ability to reliably transact business from anywhere in the world is critical. That's what makes designing IT systems at FM Global so exciting. My colleagues and I build innovative mobile solutions that ensure critical loss prevention information is never more than a click away. This commitment to protecting our clients' businesses from loss through advanced technology solutions is why I choose to work at FM Global.

George — Information Technology Manager — Employee Since 1995



Job ID 2020-10272 Date posted 01/07/2021 Locations Norwood, Massachusetts

Overview - External

FM Global is a leading property insurer of the world's largest businesses, providing more than one-third of FORTUNE 1000-size companies with engineering-based risk management and property insurance solutions. FM Global helps clients maintain continuity in their business operations by drawing upon state-of-the-art loss-prevention engineering and research; risk management skills and support services; tailored risk transfer capabilities; and superior financial strength. To do so, we rely on a dynamic, culturally diverse group of employees, working in more than 100 countries, in a variety of challenging roles.


This position is for a limited term of up to three years, renewable each year. The role is typically focused on performing publishable work as part of a strategic research program under the guidance of a program manager or other senior research staff member(s).

The Equipment, Cyber and Materials Science team is looking for a PostDoc candidate to support our research into IoT network design and security.

As industry expands, so does the demand on technology and its associated architectural frameworks. Isolated infrastructures, such as OT (Operational Technology) Networks, which once relied on ICS (Industrial Control Systems) for data aggregation and reporting now demand faster processing and computing in geographically dispersed locations. To address this demand, devices often referred as the IoT (Internet of Things), are being deployed into existing infrastructures. However, with these implementations, additional requirements regarding protocols, connectivity, network structure, data retention, and analytics can pose security challenges to an established network architecture.

As part of the research you will participate in setting up IoT networks in a lab environment, specifically focused on IoT devices embedded into OT networks. These networks will be subjected to different forms of attacks to understand their resilience under these conditions. Design choices, network monitoring approaches (e.g. self-adaptive intrusion detection) and other defensive measures/security products (e.g. identity and access management approaches, segmentation etc.) will be researched in order to create practical guidance for FM Global’s client companies.


PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer science, Physics or related field

The ability to design an IoT environment using a common architectural framework that takes advantage of IoT’s benefits such as efficiency, response time, network speed, reliability, and reduced costs.

Understanding of session communication protocols, such as MQTT, CoAP, AMQP, DDS, XMPP, mDNS, SSDP
Understanding of technologies such as NB-IoT, LoRa, Bluetooth and ZigBee

Hands-on experience in IoT networks, devices and protocols

Experience with TCP/IP based network scanning tools such as Nmap and Wireshark

Experience in configuring IoT devices for SOC/SIEM analysis

Knowledge of applicable industry standards and IoT security frameworks a big plus

We offer our employees a wide range of benefits including career long learning opportunities, tuition reimbursement, 401 (k), pension, flexible schedules, rich health and well-being programs, generous time off allowances, volunteer days and so much more!

FM Global is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce.


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