Sr. Staff Engineer Digital 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.

The Digital Products Department (part of NG Strategic Space Systems) in Manhattan Beach, CA is seeking a talented Sr. Staff Engineer - Digital Architect.

This person will be required to architect, model, simulate prototype, test and deliver complex digital systems hardware in a highly dynamic environment and support test systems for spacecraft flight programs.

The ideal candidate possesses a strong interest, education and/or background in DSP (Digital Signal Processing) theory with particular emphasis on space hardware development, design and implementation. Candidate should be aware of and interested in digital transmitter and receiver architectures and be able to grow and eventually interface with cross-disciplinary teams in systems, RF, mixed-signal and digital hardware. This candidate will also support pre-proposal and proposal activities.

Potential responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the implementation of digital modem hardware architecture and algorithms such as for timing and carrier synchronization, coding and decoding

  • Providing support for test and verification efforts for Space-based FPGA designs including lab support, test and debug, possible VHDL test code, ordering parts and equipment.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in STEM from an accredited institution and minimum of 14 years with Bachelor degree OR a STEM Master degree with a minimum of 12 years of experience OR a STEM PhD with a minimum of 9 years of experience

  • Must have previous experience in defining/developing digital architecture and leading digital trades from the subsystem to chip level

  • Must be able to model and simulate in Matlab/Simulink or C/C++ Must have good interpersonal and management skills and able to work well in a team environment

  • Must have good oral and written communication skills

  • Candidate must have, and be able to maintain, at least ONE of the following active U.S. Government security clearances:

Dept of Defense Top Secret level with a background investigation date within 6 years OR Dept of Energy Q clearance with a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed within 5 years

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited institution with a focus on DSP

  • Cost estimation, cost/schedule (CAM) experience

  • Subcontract technical management experience including creating SOW includes reviewing RFI responses in support of make/buy decisions.

  • Hands-on lab experience

  • Active SCI, or SSBI clearance



Salary Range: $196,800 - $295,200

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.

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