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Northrop Grumman Sr. Principal Engineer Systems in Boulder, Colorado

At Northrop Grumman we develop cutting-edge technology that preserves freedom and advances human discovery. 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 continue to innovate with developments from launching the first commercial flight to space, to discovering the early beginnings of the universe. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

The Missile Defense Solutions Engineering organization pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission!

Northrop Grumman is seeking applicants for a senior position in Algorithm Development for applications in tracking, motion prediction, estimation, and modeling from space-based platforms, across multiple reference frames.

The engineer will be responsible for researching and identifying complex, multi-disciplinary problems, breaking into components, and designing and implementing algorithm solutions for a broad range of sensor exploitation activities. Sensor output shall be used for identification, characterization, interpretation, and change detection of objects and events. Work will include planning and executing team projects, developing work packages, developing prototypes and customer demonstrations, in addition to analyzing algorithm performance, subsystems, and interfaces. The engineer will also be expected to report status to colleagues, including customers and management.

The engineer must have a working knowledge of sensors, with respect to focal plane resolution, sensitivity, and line of sight considerations for the purpose of tracking. Existing general knowledge of visible or IR focal planes and other sensor systems engineering experience is desirable. Development is in C/C++ in a spiral development framework, using Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) across multiple operating systems.

The engineer will participate in technical peer reviews and work with various Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) as well as be cognizant of algorithm development and integration issues. The engineer must communicate effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings. S/He will represent the organization as a technical POC and may have frequent inter-organizational and customer contacts.

This position includes:

  • Tool and software development using C/C++ in a spiral development framework

  • Experience with configuration management software, including ClearCase/ClearQuest

  • Generation of applicable documentation

  • Providing problem resolution and improvement recommendations with strong time management skills

  • Travel to NG and Government locations within U.S.

  • Additional responsibilities which may be assigned commensurate with performance or due to business needs


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Physics, Math or related discipline with 9 years of related work eperience or 7 years of experience with a Master's degree or 4 years of experience with a PhD

  • Experience with C/C++ software language, development tools, and integrated development environments (IDEs)

  • SW algorithm development experience for complex, mathematically intensive systems

  • U.S. citizenship

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret clearance

  • Ability to travel on occasion to Northrop Grumman and customer locations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Basic skills in Matlab or Python and system modeling

  • Experience in tracking and prediction algorithms, simulation, validation, and algorithms

  • Ground systems experience in mission processing, ground communications, and space operations Experience in the numerical implementation of motion filters

  • Familiarity with Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) and Electro-Optical Infrared (EOIR) sensors and simulations

  • Experience with APL2, PERL, STK, or logging and parsing tools

  • Linux experience

  • Strong statistical background and skills

  • Experience with model-based engineering

  • DoD Secret clearance that is or has been active within the last two years

Northrop Grumman provides a comprehensive benefits package and a work environment that encourages your growth and supports the mutual success of our people and our company. Northrop Grumman benefits give you the flexibility and control to choose the benefits that make the most sense for you and your family. Your benefits will include the following:

Health Plan

Savings Plan

Paid Time Off

Education Assistance

Training and Development

Flexible Work Arrangements

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.

Job Category : Engineering