Principal/Sr. Principal Experimental PhysicistLinthicum, MD

Requisition ID: R10151165

  • Category: Research and Sciences

  • Location: Linthicum, Maryland, United States of America | Annapolis Junction, Maryland, United States of America

  • Clearance Type: Polygraph

  • 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

  • Positions Available: 6

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.

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.

We are seeking an experimental physicist with a robust scientific background that has an interest in data acquisition and analysis on superconducting qubits and superconducting electronics. The ideal candidate has experience with running complex experiments and writing custom software to control a variety of equipment such as RF/DC sources and arbitrary waveform generators. This position will involve both using existing test resources (hardware and software) and develop new tools to improve test throughput and reliability.

This position requires work on site located at our Advanced Technology Lab (ATL) in Linthicum, Maryland or Annapolis Junction, MD.

Your responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement test protocols for novel experiments on superconducting devices.

  • Debug existing software tools and support implementation of new capabilities.

  • Support the current and future development of test platforms within function, cost and schedule constraints.

  • Document and implement test requirements and procedures.

  • Review test plans for accuracy and completeness.

  • Analyze data and report on test results.

What you need to be successful in the role:

  • Interest/excitement in research areas involving qubits and superconducting electronics.

  • Tenacity when diving into problems to follow them through and find the optimal solution.

  • Presentation and communication skills

  • Ability to collaborate in a small group setting (4-7 people) as well as work independently.

This position can be filled at the Principal level OR Sr. Principal level. Qualifications for both are listed below:

Basic Qualifications for Principal Experimental Physicist:

  • PhD in experimental physics, electrical engineering, or a STEM related field (or will complete by December 2023); Master's Degree and 3 years of relevant professional experience; Bachelor's Degree with 5 plus years of relevant professional experience.

  • Experience working in a lab environment.

  • Basic circuit analysis and troubleshooting skills.

  • Proficiency writing code in MATLAB and/or Python.

  • US Citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret (TS/SCI) clearance with polygraph per business requirements.

Preferred Qualifications for Principal Experimental Physicist:

  • PhD in experimental physics, electrical engineering, or related field.

  • Experience with low temperature experimental setups.

  • Experience working with qubits, quantum information, or superconducting electronics.

  • Experience writing in a version-controlled, OOP-based codebase in Python or MATLAB

  • Active TS/SCI clearance with poly

Basic Qualifications for Sr. Principal Experimental Physicist:

  • PhD in experimental physics, electrical engineering, or a STEM related field and 4 plus years of professional experience; master's degree and 7 years of relevant professional experience; Bachelor's degree and 9 plus years of professional experience.

  • Experience mentoring teams and providing leadership in a lab setting.

  • Proficiency writing code in MATLAB and/or Python.

  • US Citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret (TS/SCI) with polygraph clearance per business requirements.

Preferred Qualifications for Sr. Principal Experimental Physicist:

  • PhD in experimental physics, electrical engineering, or related field.

  • Experience with low temperature experimental setups.

  • Leadership experience working on a scientific research team.

  • Experience working with qubits, quantum information, or superconducting electronics.

  • Experience writing in a version-controlled, OOP-based codebase in Python or MATLAB

  • Active TS/SCI clearance with poly

This position reports to Linthicum, MD, USA, however, this position can also be worked from Annapolis Junction, MD, USA.

Salary Range: $123,900 - $185,900

Salary Range 2: $153,600 - $230,400

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.