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Rijksoverheid · Standplaats: 's-Gravenhage · 16 december 2021

Digital Forensic Researcher Mobile App Reverse Engineering

Ministry of Justice and Security, Netherlands Forensic Institute


Immerse yourself in research projects targeting the bypassing of security at various levels, from low-level hardware, firmware, to high-level crypto algorithms. 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 working and security of user applications in mobile consumer devices. Develop a method on a reference device for application on confiscated devices in order to transform data into readable information.

You will collaborate with experts of the Digital Technology team that are proficient in (reverse) engineering, crypto, and data-analysis. You will support the development of forensic data recovery, decoding and interpretation methods with your app-reversing skills. On the other hand, you will familiarise yourself in reversing-concepts developed by others and adjust these for usage in forensic cases.

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 whenever necessary. Besides this, you can shape and focus your research solitarily. You must be able to work well individually, but you don’t hesitate to ask for help when needed and have a pragmatic attitude.


  • Educational level: Higher professional / university or comparable work and thinking level
  • Proven knowledge of mobile application development for Android and iOS
  • Proven knowledge of mobile application security concepts
  • At least 2 years of experience with software reverse engineering and binary instrumentation tools
  • Experience (or affinity with) cryptography is preferred
  • You are able to execute your own research and communicate this to your colleagues
  • You are a team player, good in collaborating, and like to take initiative
  • You have an affinity with security and justice


  • Analytical ability
  • Perseverance
  • Collaboration
  • Planning and organizing
  • Creativity


Salaris­niveau: schaal 10

Salaris­omschrijving: Your starting salary depends on your prior education and experience. The NFI could appoint you in a lower initial salary scale.

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

Maand­salaris: Min €2.811 – Max. €4.519 (bruto)

Dienst­verband: Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd

Contract­duur: 1 jaar met mogelijkheid tot verlenging

Minimaal aantal uren per week: 36

Maximaal aantal uren per week: 36

Overige arbeids­voorwaarden

IIn addition to the salary, you receive a so-called individual choice budget (ICB/IKB). 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.


  • Want to apply? Once you have responded via the application button, you can upload your motivation letter and CV as a Word or PDF file. We would also like to invite you to tell us something about yourself in your motivation letter.
  • Checking the integrity of our new colleagues is of great importance to the NFI. A security investigation B by the General Intelligence and Security Service is part of the application procedure for this position. A nondisclosure agreement is also part of the application process.
  • An assessment (psychological and skills test) can be part of the application process, just like requesting references and using an (online) screening.
  • The Functiegebouw Rijk (FGR) is applicable. Your starting salary depends on your prior education and experience. The NFI could appoint you in a lower initial salary scale.
  • Please do not contact us for sales purposes
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  • No rights can be derived from this vacancy.
  • The measures surrounding the COVID-19 crisis also affect the application procedure, which may cause it to be delayed. Where possible, we will provide alternative formats for the interviews.

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Standplaats: 's-Gravenhage

16 december 2021

Vacature kenmerken

Automatisering / Internet
Digital Forensic Researcher Mobile App Reverse Engineering
Overheid / Non-profit
36 uur per week
€ 2.811 - € 4.519
Laan van Ypenburg, 's-Gravenhage


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