Northrop Grumman Sr. Principal Engineer Electrical (FPGA) in Dulles, Virginia

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 Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

Summary / Responsibilities

Northrop Grumman's Innovation Systems is seeking a motivated candidate that will fill the position of FPGA Design Engineer. Perform tasks which include development, performance modeling, end-to-end simulation and implementation of FPGA designs for use in satellites and other space vehicles. Work will include design, verification and testing of FPGA design targeting specific hardware platforms using simulation tools or in a lab environment.


  • Develop FPGA requirements based on flowed down requirements and expand these requirements to include derived requirements

  • Develop FPGA architecture supporting flowed down and derived requirements.

  • Develop VHDL code meeting requirements for targeted FPGAs including Microsemi and Xylinx.

  • Verify FPGA timing margins and perform full simulations using ModelSim or equivalent design tools.

  • Perform analysis to show design meets throughput and timing meeting requirements.

  • Verify design using simulation or in a lab environment working closely with support personnel during the design and verification process.

  • Develop material for and participated in FPGA Design reviews.

  • Must have strong and demonstrated RTL VHDL skills - Verilog and system Verilog is helpful.

  • Must be able to create or review presentations, emails, trade studies, and reports for content and accuracy.

  • Current TS/SCI Clearance

  • Familiarity with SynplifyPRO, Libero SoC, LiberoIDE, Designer, Aldec Riviera PRO.

  • Have worked with Microsemi and Xylinx FPGAs in a space environment

  • Experience with multiple clock domains.

  • Experience partitioning designs.


  • A Bachelor's Degree (BS) in Electrical Engineering orrelated field or equivalent experience is required. BS degree and9 or more years of experiencein RTL / FPGA designs experience is required.

  • Must be able to develop FPGA requirements and be ableto show traceability to requirements and technical references.

  • Working knowledge of analog and digital systems andfamiliarity and with common bus architectures and serial communicationsschema (cPCI, Mil STD 1553, Synchronous serial communications, etc.)

  • Must have the ability to use and collect test datausing digital storage oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, logic analyzers,and in-circuit emulators

  • Must be able to effectively communicate findings tocustomers and management.

  • Must have strong interpersonal skills and an ability tobuild effective working relationships with customers, coworkers, andvendors.

  • Must be a self-starter capable of performing assignedtasks with minimal direction.

  • Must be able to work in an inter-disciplinaryfunctional team.

  • Knowledge of programming languages including C/C++ orscripting languages such as TCL/TK or Python is strongly desired.

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 at . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

Job Category : Engineering