Principal/Senior Principal Systems Engineer – Signal ProcessingBaltimore, MD

Requisition ID: R10162366

  • Category: Engineering

  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

  • Clearance Type: Secret

  • Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position

  • Shift: 1st Shift (United States of America)

  • Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time

  • Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

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 has an opening for Principal and/or Sr. Principal Systems Engineers to join our Airborne Multifunction Systems (AMS) Systems Engineering, Integration and Test (SEIT) team at our Linthicum, MD campus to fill roles on multiple major development programs. These include radars for air dominance platforms (such as the F-22, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F-16), bomber and strike programs (such as B-1B), airborne / maritime / ground-based surveillance missions (E-3 AWACS, E-7 MESA, TPS-80 G/ATOR and UAV systems such as Global Hawk), as well as restricted programs and missions. We offer the opportunity to join a team to solve problems in the field and drive new solutions into next generation radar systems and air superiority platforms.

Qualified candidates will apply strong systems engineering knowledge and understanding in the areas of signal processing, performance modeling, and RF simulation working with various systems, hardware, and software teams. We encourage our engineers to be innovative with solving problems and identifying improvements.

*This position requires up to 100% on-site work due security constraints and an ability to pass an enhanced security review.

Roles & Responsibilities: This position is primarily engaged in the development and fielding of advanced signal processing algorithms and system performance models within the Multifunction RF space. Key features of operation include the design and modeling of signal processing algorithms to implement and support a wide variety of modes, such as long-range search and track Radar waveforms and electronic surveillance measure returns. This also includes designing models of the RF architecture and environment, allowing accurate determination of mode performance.

Early in the system lifecycle, systems engineers develop parametric representations, visualizations and data driven analysis to support sensor requirements definition and use case validation. Progressing past analysis and design, Northrop Grumman Systems Engineers also support the integration of sensor modes and trackers from digital simulation environments to sensor labs to our on-site fleet of specially modified test aircraft. Throughout this process, our AMS Systems Engineers engage with our customers to balance their functional and performance requirements with other sensor functionality to enable true multi-function operation.

Basic Qualifications - Level 3

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM discipline - Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, Math, or other related technical curriculum with at least 5 years of related experience, or 3 years related experience with a Master's Degree. Will consider 9 years of applied experience in lieu of degree requirements.

  • Experience with developing Radar/RF signal processing algorithms.

  • Experience with developing system level performance models in MATLAB or equivalent programming/analysis languages.

  • Working knowledge of systems engineering principles and processes; and effective communication skills.

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret clearance is required.

  • Ability to obtain approval for Special Access Programs prior to starting.

  • US Citizenship required.

Basic Qualifications - Level 4:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM discipline - Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, Math, or other related technical curriculum with at least 9 years of related experience; 7 years related experience with a Master's Degree; or 5 years with a PhD. Will consider 13 years of applied experience in lieu of degree requirements.

  • Experience with developing Radar/RF signal processing algorithms.

  • Experience with developing system level performance models in MATLAB or equivalent programming/analysis languages.

  • Working knowledge of systems engineering principles and processes; and effective communication skills.

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret clearance is required.

  • Ability to obtain approval for Special Access Programs prior to starting.

  • US Citizenship required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A current/active DoD Secret clearance.

  • Master's Degree or PhD in a STEM discipline including electives in radar techniques and signal processing.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with customers, senior leadership, and other engineering disciplines.

  • Ability to operate independently with minimal supervision.

  • Team leadership experience with development and/or production program execution.

  • High level experience and proficiency in signal processing or RF applications.

  • Proficiency with optimal estimation algorithms (Kalman Filtering), digital beamforming, or adaptive processing.

  • Experience integrating and testing of modes/algorithms on RADAR, SIGINT, or EW systems.

  • Greater programming experience/expertise in MATLAB and C/C++.

  • Prior approval for special access programs.

Northrop Grumman Benefits and Work Environment

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, you would be eligible for our robust benefits package (see for more details) including:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage

  • 401(k), including Employer Contributions

  • Educational Assistance

  • Life Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

  • Paid Time Off

  • Health & Wellness Resources

  • Employee Discounts

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.

Northrop Grumman strives to offer a balanced work environment for our team members. This position's 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. Other work schedules are frequently accommodated and may be arranged to support, for example, an employee's family commitments.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

*This position is contingent upon the ability to obtain/maintain DoD Secret Clearance and Special Program Access (SAP) prior to starting and contract award.

Salary Range: $102,400 - $153,600

Salary Range 2: $127,000 - $190,600

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

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 application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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 all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.