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Northrop Grumman Structural Engineer / Principal Structural Engineer - Simulation Multi-Body-Dynamics/Kinematics (NGSpace) in Dulles, Virginia

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 are making history.

Northrop Grumman Space 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.

This position is for the Mechanical/Structural Analysis Engineer with emphasis in Multi-Body Dynamics (MBD), reporting to MBD/Analysis manager. The successful candidate will be a part of the growing team of MBD engineers who are responsible for motion simulations of various on-orbit servicing and robotics operations, as well as detailed kinematics simulations of underlying mechanical systems. As a MBD engineer, he/she will use expert knowledge of MBD, as well as structural dynamics, to provide design guidance to the programs and systems engineering teams. The assignment might also involve testing of prototypes and flight hardware, and simulation model correlations. The job will require strong understanding of computational methods and ability to process and produce reliable interpretations of complex simulation/test data. MBD/Analysis engineer's tasks are not limited to MBD. The assignments will also include Finite Element Analysis tasks (stress/strength, vibration, and loads analyses). As an expert of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), the candidate's tasks, up to 10% of the total work hours, might involve maintenance/deployment of engineering applications and computational resources, including specialized computational desktops and servers. The physical job location is Dulles, Virginia.


This is a dual requisition and can be filled at the Structural Engineer or Principal Structural Engineer level. Qualifications for each level listed below.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Structural Engineer - ABET accredited Graduate Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline along with 3 years' experience OR an ABET Masters Degree in a STEM discipline.

  • Principal Structural Engineer - ABET accredited Graduate Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline along with 5+ Years' experience OR an ABET Masters Degree with 3 Years of experience OR a PhD Degree in a STEM discipline.

  • Demonstrated excellence in a space vehicle dynamics/kinematics field such as structural design, stress analysis, materials, and/or vehicle dynamics

  • You must also be able to obtain and maintain all required security clearances and program specific accesses.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • ABET accredited PhD Degree in Engineering

  • Ability to obtain DoD Top Secret Clearance.

  • Expert knowledge of NGC MBD Robotics engineering processes.

  • 3 years of space system simulation engineering experience.

  • Demonstrated success in leadership/management roles.

  • Experience with Simcenter Motion simulation tool.

  • Experience with Teamcenter, and NX legacy tools.

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