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Systems Engineer – Electromagnetic Effects Engineer (Sr. Principal Level)

Requisition ID: R10077949

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Palmdale, CA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (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 is seeking a Senior Principal Electromagnetic Environmental Engineer (Level 4) to work in Palmdale, California. Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) & Nuclear Hardness Engineers ensure system compliance to electromagnetic environmental effects and nuclear hardness requirements from individual components to the operational weapon system and all development activities in-between. The successful candidate will act as the technical liaison between internal and external organizations.

Essential Functions:

  • Decomposition of system level requirements for:
  • Electromagnetic Environmental Effects:
  • -- Lightning protection
  • -- Tribo-electric charging (Precipitation-static (P-static), electrostatic discharge (ESD))
  • -- Electromagnetic interference/compatibility (EMI/C, EMI, EMC)
  • -- TEMPEST
  • -- Radio Frequency (RF) cosite
  • -- Electrical bonding
  • Nuclear Hardness:
  • -- Electromagnetic pulse (EMP)
  • -- Nuclear radiation (neutron fluence, total ionizing dose, ionizing dose rate)
  • -- Nuclear Blast / nuclear thermal effects
  • Application of high-level requirements documents to systems and subsystems:
  • -- MIL-STD-461
  • -- MIL-STD-464
  • -- DO-160
  • -- MIL-STD-883
  • Familiarity with
  • -- NSTISSM TEMPEST/1-92
  • -- NSTISSM TEMPEST/2-95
  • -- CNSSAM TEMPEST/1-13
  • Perform testing, data analysis, and reporting for in-house test activities
  • --Develop test software/hardware
  • --Develop and maintain test specifications, procedures and schedules
  • Witness subcontractor testing and ensure compliance to E3 & Nuclear Hardness requirements
  • Lead the evaluation of design drawings to verify and correct system design to E3 & Nuclear Hardness standards
  • Travel up to 10%

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) discipline and 9 years of relevant experience OR; 5 years of experience with a Master’s Degree in STEM discipline
  • Understanding of Electromagnetic Environmental Effects or Nuclear Hardness impacts in hardware and assemblies within aircraft
  • The ability to obtain and maintain DoD Secret and special program access
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active in-scope DoD Secret Clearance
  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering (with a focus on RF, microwave, integrated circuits, photonics, or communication systems) or Bachelor's Degree in Physics
  • Experience as an Electromagnetic Environmental Effects engineer (E3 engineer) is a plus
  • Experience as a radiation effects engineer is a plus
  • Previous experience applying MIL-STD-461/ MIL-STD-464 requirements allocation, test procedure development, test execution, or test reporting for components or systems
  • Proficiency in LabView and/or MATLAB
  • Experience in any of the following: RF modeling tools such as FEKO, cosite analysis, low level EMP testing, shielding effectiveness testing, EMC Safety-of-flight testing, or nuclear radiation effects testing is a plus
  • Ability to obtain and maintain special program clearance


Salary Range: $125,800 USD - $188,600 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.