Modeling & Simulation Engineer 3/4 Dulles, VA

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.

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you'll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman is evolving its culture to harness integrated digital technologies to deliver solutions with the speed, agility, and affordability that our customers require. Our vision is to advance a digital culture to empower employees to drive agility, speed and affordability for evolving customer missions across all domains, backed by data from fully informed and trusted modeling, simulation, and analysis.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking Systems Modeling and Simulation Engineers at multiple grade levels to join our team of qualified and diverse individuals. These individuals will report to the Director of Space Systems Sector Modeling and Simulation within the Chief Technology Office and will be located in one of the following facilities: Dulles VA; Redondo Beach CA; Baltimore MD; or, Colorado Springs CO.

In this job, you will:

  • Lead modeling, simulation, and analysis studies across multi-domain mission threads, company kill-chain initiatives, and future concept architectures. These mission engineering studies will address the customers' complex threat and mission environments.

  • Develop and integrate system simulation frameworks, performance models, and algorithms to perform system-of-system trades and assess architecture alternatives for delivering an effect, data, or capability within a broader campaign.

  • Work with a cross-functional team on unusually complex technical problems and construct analyses contributing to solutions which are highly innovative.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Space 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

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.

Basic Qualifications:

This requisition may be filled at either a level 3 or a level 4.

Basic Qualifications for a Level 3:

  • Bachelor's degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) with 5+ years of experience in aerospace, defense or related professional industry - OR - a Master's degree with 3+ years of experience as outlined above.

Basic Qualifications for a Level 4:

  • Bachelor's degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) with 9+ years of experience in aerospace, defense or related professional industry - OR - a Master's degree with 7+ years of experience as outlined above.

Additional Basic qualifications for both levels:

  • Analytic modeling, simulation, and operations analysis experience across payloads, platforms, and military or intelligence community missions.

  • Proficiency with at least two of the following programming/data analysis languages:


  • Python

  • C/C++ Active DoD Top Secret security clearance (with background investigation within prior 6 years or enrolled into Continuous Evaluation). US Citizenship is a prerequisite.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) and Sensitive Compartment Information (SCI) accesses.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to convey complex modeling, simulation, and analysis (MS&A) topics, approaches, and results to internal and external senior-level customers in a compelling and understandable manner.

  • Proficiency in the following areas as they apply to MS&A concepts, techniques, and approaches:

  • AFSIM scripting and plugin development

  • Data analytics

  • Design of experiments

  • Model-based systems engineering (MBSE)

  • High performance computing

  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning

  • Containerization

  • Dev*Ops: collaboration, continuous integration/continuous development (CI/CD) pipelines; tools; infrastructure; and configurations

  • Experience working multi-domain and system of systems initiatives and in-depth understanding of USG strategies to closing kill chains.

  • In-depth knowledge and experience engaging with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Intelligence Community (IC).

  • In-depth knowledge of U.S. Government and Allied products and systems, missions, and operations.

  • Current Special Access Program (SAP) and Sensitive Compartment Information (SCI) accesses.

Salary Range: $95,100 - $157,000

Salary Range 2: $117,900 - $194,500

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 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.