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Staff RF Antenna Engineer (Melbourne, FL)

Requisition ID: R10019298

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Melbourne, FL, 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, 25% of the Time
  • 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.

Northrop Grumman’s Aeronautics Systems sector is seeking a Staff RF Antenna Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in defining the future. The position will be located in Melbourne, Florida.

Key Responsibilities:

  • In this role the candidate will work for the Mission Systems IPT and will contribute amongst a team to design, develop, and analyze RF antennas for the next generation of military aircraft.
  • The candidate will be responsible for managing a small team of engineers to develop requirements, generate specifications, and will have ultimate design authority of multiple RF antenna configurations.
  • The candidate maintains current industry knowledge of antenna technology and is aware of advancements in digitization, fiber optics, and 2-D sheet impedance structures.
  • The candidate has experience managing suppliers who provide hardware solutions and will independently evaluate the technical trade space.
  • In addition to architecting the overall airborne network, the candidate will perform requirements analysis, technical trade studies, formally manage risks, independently develop interface control documents, recommending down selections, and participate in Supplier Management Team overseeing vendor selection, procurement, and vendor oversight.
  • Strong project management and cross project coordination skills are required. 

Basic Qualifications:  

  • Must have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in a STEM discipline AND 14 years of related professional/military experience with a background in systems/software engineering and/or integration, OR a Master’s degree AND 12 years of related professional/military experience with a background in systems/software engineering and/or integration, OR a PhD degree AND 9 years of related professional/military experience with a background in systems/software engineering and/or integration.
  • Must have experience analyzing antenna performance including waveform analysis, electronics design, analog signal processing, and digital signal processing.
  • Must have experience creating complex link budgets for both line of sight and beyond line of sight communication capabilities.
  • Must have experience integrating airborne electronics within a network of complex electronics and harsh environments.
  • Must have an active DoD Secret clearance (or higher) that is in-scope (granted or renewed within the last 6 years).
  • Must be able to attain and maintain Special Program Access (PAR/SAP).

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Master’s Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline from an accredited university and 10 years of systems/software engineering and/or integration experience
  • Experience with HAIPE/TACLANE and other military COMSEC/CRYPTO equipment, procedures, and protocols.
  • Experience with tactical/military radio networks and military SATCOM equipment and services.
  • Knowledge of 5G communication software and hardware development.
  • Active in-scope Top Secret clearance with current or previous Special Program Access (PAR)

Salary Range: $134,700 USD - $202,100 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.