Sr. Principal Systems Engineer-19015054

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

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The Engineering team at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) is looking for you to join our team as a Sr. Principal Systems Engineer based out of China Lake, CA.

This position is a permanent position to support and provide ALQ-218 advanced receiver, technical support and subject matter expertise for the EA-18G Growler program at the Naval Base at China Lake, Ridgecrest, Ca. The candidate shall support planning, prepare and conduct system and software integration, tests and demonstrations on new, modified or upgraded Airborne Electronic Attack and Electronic Warfare systems.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the support of lab, ground, flight integration and test events by developing and updating integration and test plans. The candidate will provide on-site technical support at NAWS China Lake, CA. This support shall assist the Government in the maintenance, configuration, and testing of the ALQ-218 receiver system on the EA-18G platform. Technical support shall include in-depth knowledge of ALQ-218 hardware design, maintenance, configuration, operation, troubleshooting, and diagnostics.

In addition to ALQ-218 technical support, the candidate shall provide and maintain support for ALQ-218 related test support tools, software applications, and system documentation including, but not limited to, compatible computer tools to configure start-up scripts, the NGC-provided Data Acquisition Tool (DAT) application, system wiring diagrams, and system fault vector code interpretation. Key responsibilities for this position will also include ALQ-218 engineering and logistics reach-back support to on-site contractor technical representatives, as required.

This position is an excellent opportunity to learn the mission we perform as well as grow into a subject matter expert for an advance EA-18G subsystem, the ALQ-218 advanced receiver. The qualified candidate can expect excellent training, knowledge transfer and excellent colloboration and support from our NGC teams in Camarillo/Pt. Mugu and Baltimore.

Candidates should expect travel and short term assignments to our Baltimore and Camarillo NGC facilities for training and knowledge transfer activities on the EA_18G mission and the ALQ-218. Duration of this travel may be up to 1 month in duration for an initial introduction to the EA-18G AEA platform, its mission and detailed training on the ALQ-218.



Basic Qualifications:

  • 9 Years of experience with Bachelors in Science in a STEM field; 7 Years of experience with Masters in a STEM field; 4 Years of experience with PhD in a STEM field
  • Final Secret level clearance required to start
  • Excellent communication skills to act as primarily liaison for our customer and NGC sites/engineering personnel
  • Proven ability to build excellent relationships with our Navy Customer and work well in their facilities and environment
  • Experience supporting, diagnosing and troubleshooting capabilities on behalf of flight test related activities
  • Demonstrated ability to follow full system life cycle from requirements to system verification, validation and flight test
  • Experience with one or more of the below topics:
    - Electronic Warfare, Radar, COMMS or SIGINT experience
    - Embedded systems


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated technical experience in understanding and supporting signal processing, and signals intelligence advanced concepts
  • Experience in supporting Electronic Warfare programs
    Ability to support advanced development initiatives as tasked by the Government.
  • This may include performing trade-off studies, developing and reviewing new system concepts, generating planning documents, develop planning and budgeting cost and schedule estimates for developing new systems or prototypes, or upgrading systems, hardware, and software
  • Additional experience with one or more of the below topics:
    • RADAR/Advanced receiver experience
    • Passive Detection Systems experience


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Job ID: 19015054

  Reasons to apply:

  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.
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