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Principal/ Sr. Principal Systems Engineer (Signal Processing - up to $15K Sign-On Bonus)

Baltimore, Maryland
Job Type
6 Aug 2022
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 Mission Systems has an opening for Principal/Senior Principal Systems Engineers to join our Cross-Sensor Domain team of qualified, diverse individuals at our Linthicum/ Baltimore, MD campus to fill roles on multiple major development programs. Qualified candidates will apply strong systems engineering knowledge and understanding in the areas of signal processing, performance modeling, and RF simulation work with various systems, hardware, and software teams. Our engineers are encouraged to innovate to solve problems and identify improvements.

This position requires up to 100% on-site work due security constraints and an ability to pass an enhanced security review. (up to $15K Sign-On Bonus)

Roles & Responsibilities:
This position is primarily engaged in the development and fielding of advanced signal processing algorithms and system performance models within the Multifunction RF space. Key features of operation include the design and modeling of signal processing algorithms to implement and support a wide variety of modes, such as long-range search and track Radar waveforms and electronic surveillance measure returns. This also includes designing models of the RF architecture and environment, allowing accurate determination of mode performance.

Early in the system lifecycle, systems engineers develop parametric representations, visualizations and data driven analysis to support sensor requirements definition and use case validation. Progressing past analysis and design, Northrop Grumman Systems Engineers also support the integration of sensor modes and trackers from digital simulation environments to sensor labs to our on-site fleet of specially modified test aircraft. Throughout this process, our Cross-Domain Systems Engineers engage with our customers to balance their functional and performance requirements with other sensor functionality to enable true multi-function operation.

Basic Qualifications for a Level 3:
  • Ability to obtain a DoD Secret security clearance prior to starting
  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM discipline - Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, Math, or other related technical curriculum with at least 5 years of related experience (see position summary), or 3 years related experience with a Master's Degree, or 0yrs with a PhD.
  • Experience with developing Radar/RF signal processing algorithms
  • Experience with developing system level performance models in MATLAB or equivalent programming/analysis languages
  • Working knowledge of systems engineering principles and processes and effective communication skills.
  • Able to obtain approval for special access programs
Basic Qualifications for a Level 4:
  • Ability to obtain a DoD Secret security clearance prior to starting
  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or other Engineering with 9 years of related experience (see position summary) or (7 years related experience with a Master's Degree, 5 with a PhD)
  • Higher proficiency understanding of developing Radar/RF signal processing algorithms
  • Experience with developing system level performance models in MATLAB or equivalent programming/analysis languages
  • Working knowledge of systems engineering principles and processes
  • Ability to operate independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to communicate effectively with customers, senior leadership, and other engineering disciplines
  • Able to obtain approval for special access programs
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Active DoD Top Secret Clearance
  • Master's Degree or PhD in a STEM discipline including electives in radar techniques and signal processing
  • Team leadership experience with development and/or production program execution
  • High level experience and proficiency in signal processing or RF applications
  • Proficiency with optimal estimation algorithms (Kalman Filtering), digital beamforming, or adaptive processing
  • Experience integrating and testing of modes/algorithms on RADAR, SIGINT, or EW systems.
  • Greater programming experience/expertise in MATLAB and C/C++.
  • Has been previously approved for special access programs
Northrop Grumman Benefits and Work Environment
As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, you would be eligible for our robust benefits package (see for more details) including:
  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage
  • 401(k), including Employer Contributions
  • Educational Assistance
  • Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions
  • Paid Time Off
  • Health & Wellness Resources
  • Employee Discounts
Northrop Grumman strives to offer a balanced work environment for our team members. This position's standard work schedule is a 9/80; the 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off. Other work schedules are frequently accommodated and may be arranged to support, for example, an employee's family commitments.

Salary Range: $96,600 USD - $145,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $119,800 USD - $179,600 USD

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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  • Job Reference: 678878184-2
  • Date Posted: 6 August 2022
  • Recruiter: Northrop Grumman
  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Job Type: Permanent