Principal Semiconductor Microelectronics Engineer Manhattan Beach, CA

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.

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for prime satellite and payload capabilities and directed energy and electronics solutions for national security, military, and civil customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible.

Northrop Grumman Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) has an opening for a Principal Semiconductor Microelectronics Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Manhattan Beach, CA.

As the engineer you will have regular interactions with other process engineers, production supervisors, process technicians, and technology development (product) engineers. You will be responsible for sustaining and optimizing processes in a high yielding III-V compound semiconductor fabrication facility and participate in cross-functional teams to develop new processes and technologies.

Essential Job Functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain (sustain) existing processes and tools which include trouble shooting issues & monitoring processes using statistical process control (SPC) methods; process optimization; and trouble-shoot process issues (Root cause investigations).

  • The following processes and equipment will be worked on: Thin wafer handling, wafer dicing, wafer thinning using grinding, polishing, or CMP methods, permanent & temporary wafer bonding; photolithography (contact aligners, projection steppers, automated coat & develop); semiconductor & metal wet etch; plating; photoresist strip & metal lift-off, metal deposition (sputter); ion implantation, wafer metrology (thin film measurement, wafer flatness, SEM, profilometers); and plasma processes (semiconductor dry etch).

  • Work in a team environment, using excellent communication and presentation skills to effectively interface with management and personnel from other areas, ability to multi-task, ability to succinctly document and/or summarize their work, and ability for independent thinking.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in STEM discipline with five (5) years of experience in semiconductor process industry; OR Master's degree in STEM with three (3) years of experience in semiconductor process industry; OR PhD in STEM discipline

  • Experience working in lab environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with semiconductor process technology (class study or lab experience).

  • Background in materials, chemistry, and semiconductor processing is desired.

  • Background in device technology (Si, III-V compound semiconductor, MEMS).

  • Basic knowledge of design of experiments (DOE) methodology.

  • Experience as a lead in a class project or outside activity.

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program. As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for:

Medical, Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules: For example, some roles offer the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work

Salary Range: $104,600 - $157,000

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 health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority . The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 .

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.

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