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Research Scientist/Principal Research Scientist

Requisition ID: R10076791

  • Category IconCategory: Research and Sciences
  • Location IconLocation: Corinne, UT, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • 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 Space Systems – Propulsions Division is currently looking for a Research Scientist/Principal Research Scientist to join our team at our Promontory, UT facility.

Role description & Responsibilities:

The Heath Management Team creates physics-based models of organic and inorganic material behavior, creates new measurement systems for NDE inspection, and assists other labs with electronics and data acquisition within Propulsion Systems.  We oversee processes of generating laboratory sized samples from solid rocket motors and the subsequent chemical and mechanical testing of these samples for service life estimates.

We are seeking a Principal Research Scientist with chemistry skills to contribute to our understanding of the complex aging reactions taking place within our energetic components and their polymeric binder systems.  You also have the opportunity to participate in the modeling and simulation of aging processes and in the associated programming required to generate service life estimates.

Our multidisciplinary team consists of chemists, engineers (electrical, mechanical, and chemical) and physicists all working together to advance the state of health management systems for products containing energetic materials.  Each of our team members’ skills are needed to devise new tests, methods, and analyses to provide a deeper understanding of the processes responsible for observed material behavior.

You will work with personnel in our well-equipped analytical chemistry and mechanical properties testing laboratories as you define experiments with model compounds, subscale articles, and returned fielded assets.  Our team is committed to defining accurate estimates of the continued functionality and risks associated with the complex and vital energetics-containing systems for NASA, DoD, and commercial applications. Come be a part of our mission!

What you’ll get to do:

  • Collaborate with a skilled group of scientists and engineers to discover and quantify long term chemical changes in complex filled polymeric systems.

  • Work with R&D personnel and equipment to create unique new experiments and techniques focused on understanding chemical changes that occur during component deployment.

  • Define, lead and present the results of chemical testing programs to internal and external customers.

  • Coordinate, oversee, and author test plans, lab work instructions, and test reports.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS in Chemistry or related discipline with 2 years of relevant experience; MS in Chemistry or related discipline with 0 years of relevant experience

  • Position can be filled one level higher with BS & 5 years, MS & 3 years, or PhD and 0 years of experience

  • U.S. citizenship and the ability to obtain a Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with methods to determine chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, and thermochemistry of complex organic systems.

  • Experience with analytical techniques: HPLC, NMR, LC/MS, PyGC/MS, IC/MS, FTIR, UV-Vis, GPC, XRF, SEM, AFM, and ICP.

  • Experience with molecular modeling software.

  • Experience with MATLAB, Mathcad, Mathematica and Visual Basic.

  • Experience with basic mechanical property testing and understanding of the chemical-mechanical link.

  • MS in Chemistry or related discipline is preferred

Salary Range: $71,000 USD - $106,700 USD
Salary Range 2: $87,600 USD - $131,400 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.