Principal Mission Payload Systems Engineer

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Solves toughest problems in space aeronautics defense cyberspace

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 in air and space that impact people’s lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of 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 Space Systems is seeking a Principal Mission Payload Systems Engineer to work in San Jose, California.

The Principal Mission Payload Systems Engineer will support architecture trades, design analysis, requirement thread, segment interface development and ownership, and performance modeling through computer simulation.  This individual will provide systems engineering support to hardware developments for space, and ground systems utilizing state-of-the-art optical (sensing, communications, directed energy),RF, digital and microelectronics. Project roles span all phases of product development cycle, from new business acquisition, and IRAD/ technology development to established programs delivering integrated hardware and software systems.  Systems engineering activities include system architecture design, trade studies, specification development, requirement definition and allocation, performance analysis and simulation; system modeling and simulation tool development, payload product development, support to hardware design, subcontract leadership, management and selection, manufacturing, integration and test, and operations.

Essential experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Overhead Infrared (OPIR) system
  • Electro-Optics
  • Sensor design
  • Remote sensing
  • High energy laser systems
  • Lasercom systems
  • Spacecraft system design
  • Image processing
  • RF and digital hardware design
  • Signal detection and estimation

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelors of Science degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline and 5+ years of engineering experience OR a Masters of Science degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline and 3+ years of engineering experience OR a Phd in a STEM discipline
  • Experience with remote sensing, Space Situational Awareness (SSA), communications or directed energy
  • Experience designing, integrating, testing and operating optical and RF systems
  • Active SCI Clearance

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate Degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or Computer Science
  • Experience with remote sensing, Space Situational Awareness (SSA), communications or directed energy
  • Experience designing, integrating, testing and operating optical and RF systems
  • Candidates have completed relevant coursework in optics, lasercom, and DSP
  • Experience with baseband and IR sensors, high energy lasers, and remote sensing
  • Possesses strong leadership qualities, as well as strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Active DoD Top Secret a

Salary Range:

  • $101,400 USD – $152,200 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.

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Tagged as: electro-optics, sensor design, overhead infrared (opir) system, lasercom systems, spacecraft system design

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