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Space Cryptography System Engineer

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Job ID: 2301239
Location: LINTHICUM, MD, United States
Date Posted: May 15, 2023
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Systems Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: TS/SCI with Poly
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
Potential for Remote Work: No Remote
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a Space Cryptography System Engineer to support in Linthicum, Maryland. This position requires an active TS/SCI Clearance with Polygraph.

In this role you will work as an integral member of a team of Space Crypto Engineers responsible for providing guidance and technical support for the development, engineering, testing, and deployment of terrestrial and space COMSEC solutions.   You will provide cryptographic engineering and design guidance to satellite program offices and /or development contractors by developing and maintaining functional system and/or product specifications, reviewing technical CDRLs, participating in technical exchanges and design reviews with developers and assess developers’ technical trade recommendations and engineering change proposals.

You will need to be able to:

  • Provide guidance on cryptographic architectural, concept, design and implementation guidance for a next-generation mesh crypto program
  • Plan and manage study efforts, systems of systems engineering efforts, technical and engineering working groups that assist in the program planning and execution of next-generation capabilities
  • Develop various technical and engineering products that will inform future acquisition strategies
  • Provide user support by troubleshooting cryptographic equipment and system issues
  • Manage the cryptographic certification process, including documentation, technical review boards and milestone reviews
  • Perform risk analysis and vulnerability assessments
  • Review development effort Contract Data Requirements List (CDRL) documents, such as Security Evaluation Document (SED), System Architectural and Security Design Document (SASDD), Key Generation and Management Plan and Procedures (KGMPP), User Guide / Manual, Embedment Guides and Interface Control Document (ICD) for technical accuracy


TYPICAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelors and five (5) years or more experience; Masters and three (3) years or more experience; PhD and 0 years related experience

  • Active Top Secret/SCI with Polygraph.
  • BS/MS in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a related discipline from an accredited institution.
  • 5+ years of engineering experience in: cryptographic architecture and requirements development, communications equipment testing, cryptographic system integration and test, aerospace electronic systems, or similar disciplines.
  • Understanding of most of the following
    • Digital logic circuit design and analysis
    • Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)/ASIC logic design and implementation
    • Cryptographic algorithms (i.e. Cryptographic Core Processor (CCP) and GRYPHON implementation of AES-256, COSMIC, PEGASUS, CARDHOLDER, CAROUSEL, CARNIVAL, OpenSSL, etc.) and equipment (i.e. KI-55, KI-103, KI-18, etc.)
    • Space-related hardware and technology
    • Commercial Satellite Protection program
    • SmallSat medium/high assurance security solutions
    • NSA cryptographic certification processes
    • Space and terrestrial communications systems
    • TEMPEST testing, Development Verification Testing & Security Verification Testing

Desired Qualifications:

  • Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) – especially Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules, AES-256, GCM, and GCM-SIV
  • Experience with cryptographic libraries such as OpenSSL

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


SAIC® is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation's technology transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, digital, artificial intelligence, and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective, and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.

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