Principal Air Vehicle Performance and Sizing Engineer Redondo 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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems sector is seeking a Principal Air Vehicle Performance and Sizing Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach CA.

The candidate will perform Air Vehicle Performance and Sizing analysis within a Flight Sciences team, working with related disciplines including Aerodynamics, Propulsion, Mass Properties, Configuration, and others:

  • Conduct preliminary design synthesis and analysis of advanced manned and unmanned air vehicles demonstrating technical expertise and knowledge of other related disciplines

  • Tasks include takeoff/landing, mission and point performance characteristics of candidate aircraft designs as well as design synthesis and optimization of vehicles to meet operational requirements

  • Conduct vehicle sizing and performance trade studies to define and evaluate advanced concepts, identify technology requirements, perform parametric trade studies and provide design guidance to the other team disciplines.

  • Conduct competitive vehicle performance assessments of current U.S. and foreign inventory designs may also be required, as well as flight test data analysis and correlations to performance models.

  • Develop technical solutions to various problems, which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity.

  • Interact and brief external customers, as well as serve as a technical lead.

  • Support vehicle performance and sizing analysis for vehicle programs from government organizations such as Air Force, Navy, NASA, DARPA and others.

  • Provide analysis, guide design teams to execute program goals, support proposal and business development activities.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline with a minimum of 5 years' experience, or a Master's degree in a STEM with 3 years of experience

  • Must have an active DoD Secret clearance or higher (that has a background investigation completed within the last 6 years or is under continuous evaluation).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of fundamental aircraft design, aerodynamic and propulsion parameters

  • Understanding of aircraft performance analysis

  • Experience with aircraft carrier suitability analysis, including but not limited to launch & recovery, bolter, waveoff, and nose wheel lift off

  • Familiarity with MIL-STD-3013A

  • Experience with multi-disciplinary design, analysis, and optimization (MDAO)

  • Experience in performing aircraft performance analysis, including mission performance, turn performance, kinematic maneuvering

  • Experience in aircraft sizing

  • Experience with generation of carpet plots

  • Familiarity with Matlab and Linux Operating System

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Special Program Access

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.

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