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Amazon Web Services Principal Engineer – AWS Cryptography, AWS Cryptography in Boston, Massachusetts


Job summary

Are you passionate about the prospect of keeping millions of customers’ data safe? Do you want to be part of a team bringing the latest innovations in cryptography to market? Are you excited about the challenge of engineering highly scalable systems on the world’s market leading cloud infrastructure?

Security is the #1 concern of customers moving to the cloud and the AWS Cryptography team is dedicated to providing the security features our customers need. We enable customers to confidently move sensitive workloads to the cloud where they can benefit from security controls that help meet internal and external compliance requirements.

AWS Cryptography is developing cryptographic computing technologies such as privacy preserving machine learning, fully and partially homomorphic encryption, secure multiparty computation, private information retrieval, and related technologies, that will raise the bar for how we protect customer data. We are looking for a Principal Software Engineer that can turn these innovations into reality by architecting, implementing, and deploying cryptographic computing technologies into new and existing AWS services.

In this role, you will:

  • Design, develop and deliver cryptographic computing to internal and external customers around the world.

  • Develop architectural solutions that are exemplary in terms of efficiency, scalability, extensibility, and the ability to evolve over time.

  • Decompose significantly complex engineering problems into straightforward solutions.

  • Lead a strategically important project involving multiple teams.

  • Set the standard for engineering excellence

  • Work with a team of truly innovative research scientists and engineers.

  • Be a committed technical leader who develops and mentors junior engineer

About Us

AWS has the most services and more features within those services, than any other cloud provider–from infrastructure technologies like compute, storage, and databases–to emerging technologies, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, data lakes and analytics, and Internet of Things. AWS Platform is the glue that holds the AWS ecosystem together. Whether its Identity features such as access management and sign on, cryptography, console, builder & developer tools, and even projects like automating all of our contractual billing systems, AWS Platform is always innovating with the customer in mind. The AWS Platform team sustains over 750 million transactions per second.

A Culture of Inclusion

Here at AWS, we embrace our differences. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We have ten employee-led affinity groups, reaching 40,000 employees in over 190 chapters globally. We have innovative benefit offerings, and we host annual and ongoing learning experiences, including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences. Amazon’s culture of inclusion is reinforced within our 14 Leadership Principles, which remind team members to seek diverse perspectives, learn and be curious, and earn trust.

Work/Life Balance

We put a high value on work-life balance. It isn’t about how many hours you spend at home or at work; it’s about the flow you establish that brings energy to both parts of your life. We believe striking the right balance between your personal and professional life is critical to life-long happiness and fulfillment. We offer flexibility in working hours and encourage you to find your own balance between your work and personal lives.

Mentorship & Career Growth

Our team is dedicated to supporting new members. We have a broad mix of experience levels and tenures, and we’re building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. We provide both the opportunity to be mentored by seasoned leaders and to mentor junior engineers. We care about your career growth and strive to give you challenging responsibilities that will help you develop into a better-rounded engineer and give you the opportunity to advance your career to the next level.


· 10+ years of experience contributing to the architecture and design (architecture, design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and current systems

· 3+ years of programming experience with at least one modern language such as Java, C++, or C# including object-oriented design

· 4+ years of professional software development experience

· 2+ years of experience as a mentor, tech lead OR leading an engineering team


· Have experience building applications with AWS core services (EC2, S3, RDS, KMS, etc.).

· Deep understanding of cryptography principles

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to convey technical information to a wide variety of audiences.

· Demonstrated ability to mentor other software developers to maintain architectural vision and software quality.

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit