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Optical Engineer- Principal/Sr. Principal

Requisition ID: R10074873

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Annapolis, MD, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Polygraph
  • 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.

The Northrop Grumman Undersea Systems business unit is seeking a Principal Engineer Optical/Sr. Principal Engineer Optical with broad technical experience to apply creativity and vision in the portfolio of Undersea Systems programs that are critical to our Long Range Strategic Plan.

The Principal Engineer Optical/Sr. Principal Engineer Optical will be responsible for designs, models, analyzes, and tests optical and electro-optical systems and components, including sensors, lasers, fiber-optics, and telecommunications products. Conducts research and development into phases of physical optics and geometric optics, lasers, laser characteristics, laser maintenance, and broadband optical sources. Applies research of complex optical systems to achieve desired optical manipulations. Develops component specifications, tolerances, simulations and tests procedures for electro-optical systems and components. Uses design-to-cost models, six sigma methodology, and other methods to assure optical design requirements met.

The successful candidate will be responsible for optical system design, assembly, integration and test of electrical/fiber optic (F/O) systems & sensors and shall be experienced in all phases of optical system development from conceptualizing solutions through the design, assembly and testing phases.

The successful candidate’s responsibilities will also include use of F/O test sets to enable test and troubleshooting of fiber optic systems and be familiar with test sets for measurement of high speed communication signals. The Staff Optical Engineer will be expected to assist teams through the analysis and troubleshooting of test results as required to evaluate and improve design as well as development of component specifications, tolerances and tests procedures.

The successful candidate will have experience interpreting, evaluating and documenting the empirical results of:

  • Optical spectrum analyzers (OSA)
  • Bit Error Rate Testers (BERT)
  • Optical Backscatter Reflectometer(OBRs)
  • Optical Time-Domain Reflectometer(OTDRs)
  • High speed modulator/demodulator characterization
  • Fusion splicing of specialty fibers / high resolution loss measurement
  • Mechanical fiber routing and management inside of splice enclosures and cabinets

Job Qualifications:

Basic Qualifications for Principal Engineer:

  • Minimum Education / Experience: 5+ years' of experience with Bachelors of Science; 3+ years' of experience with Masters; 0+ years' of experience with PhD. Degree must be in STEM related field.
  • An active or current TS/SCI clearance with Polygraph is required.


Basic Qualifications for Sr. Principal Engineer:

  • Minimum Education / Experience: 9+ years' of experience with Bachelors of Science; 7+ years' of experience with Masters; 4+ years' of experience with PhD. Degree must be in STEM related field.
  • An active or current TS/SCI clearance with Polygraph is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as an organization spokesperson and advisor to management, co-workers and customers
  • Experience in technical leadership, direction and mentoring to other technical employees in the application of scientific principles, tools and techniques to achieve practical end results.
  • Experience guiding development of advanced fiber optic systems from concept to delivery
  • Experience with subsea cables and connectors.
  • Proficiency in common data analysis tools such as Mathcad, MatLab and Labview.

Salary Range: $106,500 USD - $159,700 USD
Salary Range 2: $132,100 USD - $198,100 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

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.