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Principal Engineer Systems, Modeling and Simulation

Requisition ID: R10030778

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location Icon Location: Redondo Beach, CA, USA   |  Melbourne, FL, USA +1 more
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Principal Engineer Systems, Modeling and Simulation to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position may be located in Redondo Beach, CA or Melbourne, FL.

Our work influences the investment decisions of our senior leadership and customer program offices. The Modeling and Simulation discipline draws from the skills and experience of many other (e.g. Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, etc.) and frequently collaborates across diverse and functional disciplines, offering a unique opportunity to obtain a broad understanding of many areas or to more narrowly focus on developing a deep expertise in any of the contributing fields. Be a part of an innovative and distinguished team producing cutting edge concepts leveraging technologies developed across the enterprise.

In this role, you will work in collaborative environments to develop new and/or integrate existing system simulation frameworks, performance models and algorithms, environmental and threat models, and command and control models to support of Operator-In-The-Loop (OITL) mission simulations. You will simulate real-time operations and develops software that simulates physics-based behavior of systems. You may develop and/or prototype advanced graphical user interfaces and visualization tools to demonstrate concepts to enhance situational awareness and systems command and control. You will model operational environments, performs trade studies via computer simulation and recommends alternative architectures. Finally, you will perform operational analysis and mission effectiveness analysis. This position will be at Northrop Grumman’s Survivability & Systems Engineering (S&SE) South Bay.

Essential Functions: 

  • Develop software and analytical tools to model behavior of systems in real-time and constructive simulations.
  • Develop, integrate, and use advanced graphical user interfaces and visualization tools.
  • Model operational environments, performs trade studies via computer simulation and recommends alternative architectures.
  • Performs operational analysis and mission effectiveness analysis.
  • Create and apply knowledge of Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) to support blue/red kill chains across multiple security environments, programs, architectures, and platforms.
  • Provide blue/red tactics and CONOPS modeling, simulation, and analysis in mission-level models to help accomplish long-term objectives related to program development, execution, and related research and development projects.
  • Perform mission engineering activities to ensure continuity between desired operational capabilities and delivered system performance, through the Systems Engineering “V”. Ensure performance capabilities of new systems and architectures are traded against cost and mission requirements; develop operationally relevant mission scenarios; assess operational effectiveness of existing and emerging systems and capabilities in representative operational environments.
  • Solicit input from various stakeholders, synthesize data, and communicate results to various levels of leadership.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university and 5 years of related engineering experience, or a Master's Degree and 3 years of experience, or 0 years of experience with a PhD.
  • Computer/engineering skills using C#/C++, JAVA, or other Object Oriented programming languages.
  • Experience in at least one of the following areas:
    • Research, Analysis, and Creating Assessments of Foreign Threats to US Military Operations
    • Vehicle performance analysis
    • Air vehicle survivability analysis
    • Modeling and Simulation of Radars, Missiles, Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS), Air and/or Space platforms
    • Analysis at the Survivability, Lethality, Vulnerability, Engagement, and/or Mission Level
    • Electronic Attack (EA), Electronic Protection (EP), Electronic Countermeasures
    • Red and/or Blue CONOPs and TTPs
  • An active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Secret security clearance or higher is required to start.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance with Special Program Access (PAR/SAP).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The ability to develop (C# and JAVA) and integrate prototype and pre-production software to support simulation events.
  • The ability to develop physics-based models and simulations using Object Oriented programming.
  • Systems and software integration experience related to Service Oriented Architectures.
  • An ability to work with a team in a rapid prototyping environment.
  • Experience with system of systems modeling tools: AFSIM, Suppressor, or Brawler.
  • Familiarity with AGILE, MBSE, and/or system architecture.
  • Operational military background or experience
  • Experience with version control tools (Bitbucket, GitHub, Gitlab, etc.).
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and leadership skills to include project/analysis lead experience.
  • A current active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Top Secret security clearance with current or previous Special Program Access (SAP)/SCI.

This position reports to Redondo Beach, CA, USA, however, this position can also be worked from Melbourne, FL, FL, USA.

Salary Range: $87,600 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.

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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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.