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Principal / Sr. Principal Digital FPGA Engineer – Up To $15K Sign On Bonus Available (No Clearance Required To Start)

Requisition ID: R10045940

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Azusa, CA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 2

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.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission!

Northrop Grumman Space Systems Sector in Azusa, CA is seeking a Principal (Level 3) or Sr. Principal (Level 4) FPGA Digital Engineer to join our hardware engineering team. Qualified candidate will get an opportunity to join a diverse group of individuals supporting our Strategic Force Programs division.


Selected candidate will be a part of a innovative & diverse team that develops new products for the on orbit signal processing of infrared imagery for national assets that help to protect the country. Primary assignment will be the design and analysis of digital signal processing electronics for space systems using the latest available space technologies such as on-orbit programmable Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), Systems on a Chip (SoCs), multi-gigabit SERDES communication, on-board processing Single Board Computers (SBCs) and more. This includes working through all phases of a development program including requirements definition and refinement, requirement flow-down and allocation, design, coding, and verification.

Basic Qualifications: (Principal level 3)

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical, electronics, computer engineering, or related STEM degree & 5 years of related engineering experience, OR a Master's Degree in electrical, electronics, computer engineering, or related STEM degree & 3 years of related engineering experience
  • Experience with Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs)
  • Ability to obtain & maintain a DoD security clearance (US Citizenship Required)

For Sr. Principal Engineer (Level 4)

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical, electronics, computer engineering, or related STEM degree & 9 years of related engineering experience, OR a Master's Degree in electrical, electronics, computer engineering, or related STEM degree & 7 years of related engineering experience
  • Experience with Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs)
  • Ability to obtain & maintain a DoD security clearance (US Citizenship Required)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in electrical, electronics, computer engineering, or related specialty (Digital signal processing, VLSI, etc)
  • Experience with multi-gigabit SERDES communication
  • Experience implementing image processing algorithms in FPGAs
  • Experience with design, analysis, and architecture of digital signal processing electronics systems
  • Current & active DoD secret clearance or higher


Salary Range: $111,600 USD - $167,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $138,300 USD - $207,500 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 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.



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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 work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.