RF Engineer: Principal Engineer Systems/Sr. Principal Engineer Systems-19016886

Location: Aurora
US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
Relocation Assistance: Yes
Clearance Type: Top Secret
Number of Openings : 1
Shift : 1st Shift

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The Systems Engineering team at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) is looking for you to join our team as an RF Engineer -  Principal/Sr. Principal Engineer Systems based out of Aurora, Colorado.


We are seeking a communications and RF engineer with hardware and integration experience to work in our Aurora, CO office.  The selected candidate will be responsible for design of SATCOM ground receiving and transmitting antenna systems and the associated RF signal chain.  The candidate must have a solid understanding of end-to-end RF and microwave systems, performance modeling and link budgets.  An advanced understanding of modulation techniques, encoding, error correction, noise measurement and estimation, atmospheric loss and other noise sources on signal quality is required.  Prior experience with a range of common industry solutions for command, telemetry, data downlink, digital processing and forwarding is preferred.  The candidate must have an advanced understanding of signal processing in both the RF domain and digital domain and of A/D and D/A conversions.


 The selected candidate will be responsible for managing multiple concurrent procurements for antenna and RF processing equipment.  The candidate must also be capable of conducting industry trade studies, drafting detailed vendor specifications to meet specific requirement sets and architecting end-to-end solutions incorporating a range of industry solutions for RF and digital signal processing.  The candidate must be capable of independently managing suppliers of RF equipment from a technical, schedule and cost perspective.


The candidate should have experience with General Purpose Processors (servers & workstations), Storage Devices, and Network Infrastructure.  The selected candidate will be responsible for technical documentation creation/review.  The ability to present highly technical material to varied audiences to include executive level and highly technical experts is preferred. The candidate should be able to operate independently with little oversight in a dynamic environment and handle diverse assignments with efficiency, finding unique solutions and working in a very collaborative and fast-paced environment. 

This is a dual band requisition.


This position may be filled at a higher job grade based on the qualifications listed below.
Basic Qualifications:  

For a Principal Engineer Systems:

  • Bachelors degree in a STEM discipline and 5 years of related experience; 3 years of related experience with a Masters degree; 0 years of related experience with a PhD

  • Active Top Secret clearance, with eligibility for SCI; must be willing to submit to and able to pass a Counter Intelligence polygraph
  • Ability to travel OCONUS

 For a Sr. Principal Engineer Systems:

  • Bachelors degree in a STEM discipline and 9 years of related experience; 7 years of related experience with a Masters degree; 4 years of related experience with a PhD 
  • Active Top Secret clearance, with eligibility for SCI; must be willing to submit to and able to pass a Counter Intelligence polygraph
  • Ability to travel OCONUS

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Rack and Stack and Cable Management experience
  • Deployment and Shipping experience
  • Satellite Communications experience
  • Link budget Analysis
  • Understating of Direct Carrier Modulation (PSK) and USB Modulation Schemes
  • Forward Error Correction (FEC) Schemes
  • PCM Coding
  • Baseband Framing
  • Experience working with Crypto Units
  • Antenna experience
  • Power/Thermal analysis experience
  • Time and Frequency Domain Test Instrument experience
  • Serial Communications experience

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Job ID: 19016886

What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like flexible work schedules, education assistance and paid time off.
Top Secret Required
Yes, 25 % of the Time
No - Teleworking not available for this position