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Staff Anti-Tamper Architect

Requisition ID: R10055970

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking a Staff Anti-Tamper (AT) Architect with outstanding leadership skills and hands-on experience in development of sensor payloads and complete mission security solutions to join a multi-discipline engineering team and Architects, which encompasses hardware and software security solutions.  Northrop Grumman’s AT Engineering Organization is on the forefront of developing next generation solutions to protect technology for our nation’s warfighter.  This position is located in Linthicum, Maryland.

Anti-Tamper Engineers will have responsibility for and have domain expertise in the following areas and have the opportunity to develop their knowledge in:

  • Secure system architectures

  • Define AT and system architectures

  • Hardware-focused AT techniques and countermeasures

  • Advanced Microelectronic design and fabrication

  • Digital logic debug and analysis

  • Advanced integrated circuit (IC) failure analysis tools and techniques

  • Applied knowledge of cryptographic security

  • AT Studies in accordance with Government and NGC processes including, trade studies, research areas, and detailed analysis of system design to include microelectronic implementation and software implementation as well as system integration, verification and validation, and cost and risk.

  • Deriving and documenting AT requirements for systems

  • Preparing and presenting briefings to internal and external programs and customers such as Tri-Service Committee, Red Team, ATEA, and V&V team to obtain AT approvals for US-deployed and exported military systems

  • Generating AT Plans

  • Reverse Engineering to architect and validate AT solutions

  • Strategic planning of AT technology development

  • Participating in communities of practice to further domain knowledge

The preferred candidate need a strong desire to be a passionate systems thinker that is committed to working to develop innovative solutions to protect our military technology and our nation.  A commitment to demonstrating Systems Engineering expertise including engineering knowledge of SE execution on real time embedded computer systems, software construction and decomposition, and GOTS/COTS processing environments.  Candidate also needs to be a technical leader and team builder ensuring to mentor and train junior members, identify and motivate next generation talent, and align efforts with overall organizational strategies to drive the organization forward.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) discipline with 14 years general technical experience; Master's with 12 Years experience; or PhD with 9 years of experience

  • Systems Engineering knowledge of military systems in one or more of the following areas: RF, Radar, EO/IR, Satellite,

  • Sensors, Embedded software or hardware, Hardware design or system integration

  • Familiarity with requirements derivation and development

  • Active DOD Secret clearance is required with the ability to obtain higher clearances involving polygraph.

  • US Citizenship is required

  • Ability to travel occasionally CONUS and OCONUS

  • At least 1 disclosure, trade secret, or patent.

  • At least 2 participations in a society, board, symposium or conferences

  • At least 1 publication

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degrees in Engineering, Software, or Science

  • Significant Experience with Anti-Tamper, Reverse Engineering, or Cryptography

  • Experience in technical leadership role

  • Experience working with Government AT agencies

  • Demonstrably good writing skills; including peer reviewed published works

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including: 

  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage

  • 401k

  • Educational Assistance

  • Life Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

  • Paid Time Off

  • Health & Wellness Resources

  • Employee Discounts 

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This positions standard work schedule is a 9/80. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off. 


Salary Range: $149,000 USD - $223,400 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.