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Sentinel Principal Data Scientist / Sr Principal Data Scientist

Requisition ID: R10082190

  • Category IconCategory: Research and Sciences
  • Location IconLocation: Huntsville, AL, 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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is Principal Data Scientist/ Sr Principal Data Scientist to join the Command and Launch Team (CLT).   This position is in Huntsville, UT and supports the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program.   Final grade level offered will be based on candidate level of experience.

What You’ll Get To Do:

As a Data Scientist with Sentinel, you will be part of the team that is responsible for designing, developing, and validating analytical models and algorithms to support Mission Analysis and Design (M&D). Your responsibilities will include:

  • Using mathematical and statistical methods to analyze data and make recommendations
  • Developing data-driven models to support M&D activities
  • Staying current on data mining/machine learning/artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and software tools
  • Serving as an expert on the analysis and interpretation of data to support the development of products, processes, or systems
  • Conducting trade studies related to projects, processes, products, or services
  • Construct models in TensorFlow or PyTorch and adapt existing models to address our stakeholder's problem space
  • Assist with the development of an end-to-end machine learning pipeline and manage and support maintenance and lifecycle management throughout the pipeline's lifecycle
  • Support technical leadership by mentoring junior engineers in the areas of machine learning, data science, and artificial intelligence
  • Network with other Northrop Grumman data science professionals to modernize our team's AI/ML methodologies and keep pace with industry best practices

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Space Systems, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:
- Medical, Dental & Vision coverage
- 401k
- Educational Assistance
- Life Insurance
- Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions
- Paid Time Off
- Health & Wellness Resources
- Employee Discounts

This positions standard work schedule is a 9/80. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off. This role may offer a competitive relocation assistance package.

Job Qualifications:

You’ll Bring These Qualifications:

  • Principal Data Scientist: 5 Years with Bachelors in Science; 3 Years with Masters; 0 Years with PhD or 4 additional years in lieu of a degree.
  • Sr Principal Data Scientist: 9 Years with Bachelors in Science; 7 Years with Masters; 4 Years with PhD or 4 additional years in lieu of a degree.
  • US Citizenship with active DoD Secret clearance with a reinvestigation date occurring in the last 5 years. and the ability to obtain Special Program Access (SAP)
  • Knowledge of data gathering, cleansing and transformation techniques
  • Proficiency with Python
  • Active IAT Level II certification (e.g. Security+), or higher

These Qualifications Would be Nice to Have:

  • DOD 8570 IAT level 2 or above certification or the ability to obtain within 6 months from the date of hire
  • Understanding of Agile Software Development
  • Strong applied statistics skills, such as distributions, statistical testing, regression, etc.
  • Proficiency with R and SQL
  • Previous experience with machine learning or deep learning
  • Previous experience with containerized environments (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes, OpenShift)
  • Proficiency in data visualization and data storytelling
  • Experience with version control software such as Git and TortoiseSVN
  • Experience with ETL techniques and frameworks
  • Knowledge of stream processing technologies (e.g., Apache Storm, Flink, Kafka Streams, Samza)
  • Knowledge of Feature Stores (e.g., Tecton, Feature Form)
  • Knowledge of Model Versioning technologies (e.g., Data Version Control, Pachyderm)
  • Ability to communicate results effectively


Salary Range: $104,700 USD - $194,800 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.