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Principal Character Artist / 3D Modeling Engineer (TS/SCI w/Polygraph) – Evergreen

Requisition ID: R10079172

  • Category IconCategory: Research and Sciences
  • Location IconLocation: Warrenton, VA, 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: No
  • 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.

At the heart of Defining Possible is our commitment to missions in today’s rapidly changing global security environments. We’re looking for innovators who can help us keep building on our wide portfolio of secure, affordable, integrated, and multi-domain systems and technologies that fuel those missions. By joining in our shared mission, we’ll support yours of expanding your personal network and developing skills, whether you are new to the field or an industry thought-leader. At Northrop Grumman, you’ll have the resources, support, and team to do some of the best work of your career. Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking a Principal Research Development Engineer to work with our team of qualified, diverse individuals in Northern Virginia. The selected candidate be responsible for executing strong research, design, test, and evaluation, as well as prototype and development/fabrication of the resulting products for our customers. This individual will provide technical expertise and consultation on a variety of material issues, including material selection, supply chain support, troubleshooting, prototyping, production, and operations and maintenance of lab equipment. This position is focused but not limited to supporting research and development of specialize products for military application.

What qualifications you’ll need to have to be considered:
  • An active TS/SCI with current Polygraph is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree plus 5 years of experience in digital design and high-resolution 3D modeling and sculpting (4 years of additional experience in lieu of degree). Or, 3 years of related experience with a Master’s degree. Or, 0 years with a PhD.
  • Experience working with 3D models across multiple applications (e.g., ZBrush, Maya, Substance Painter, Rhino, Artec Studio 16, and Adobe Creative Suite including Illustrator and Photoshop).
  • Experience managing multiple SubTools, managing topology with Dynamesh and Zremesher, creating custom alphas for textures and brushes, and working with UV Master.
  • Applying an understanding of lighting, color, material, orientation, depth, visual perspective, and composition, including a good feeling for proportions, anatomy, musculoskeletal function, as well as finite details in human skin, hair, and clothing texture.
Our Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to coordinate interdepartmental activities across multiple projects to meet deadlines.
  • Able to give and receive constructive feedback of co-worker and/or a team’s work.
  • Willingness to learn and keep current with new products, materials, software, and techniques.

Salary: 101,400-152,200


Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 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.