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Orbit Analyst (Sr Principal Engineer Systems) – TS/SCI Clearance (Space/Satellite Systems)

Requisition ID: R10060482

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SCI
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Rotating Shifts (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% 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 Space Systems is seeking an Orbit Analyst to be a member of a cross-discipline specialist engineering team located in Albuquerque, NM responsible for astrodynamics analytical support, system problem/anomaly resolution support, data trending, operational product updates, and performance analyses. The team also provides program expertise on engineering subsystems and maintains a baseline of operational products for a complex system. The candidate will have an active role in shaping the basis of how to execute planning and operations. The candidate should be a self-starter who has a passion for space and wants to be part of a team who shares that passion.

 Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Support on-orbit operations throughout the flight demonstration phase
  • Review/approve mission plans for flight safety
  • Monitor and asses delta-V maneuvers and provide post-burn analysis (orbit position, delta-V expended, fuel budgets, burn execution – planned vs. executed, etc.)
  • Review/approve daily mission command activities for vehicle safety and mission objectives.
  • Generate daily OD files for system state knowledge
  • Investigation and diagnosis of unexpected system signatures
  • Support the coordination and execution of system maintenance tasks and coordinating across multiple contractor organizations including customer and external system partners to diligently accomplish all tasks
  • Provide 24x7on-call support to lead the resolution of system issues and anomalies. May involve periodic rotating crew shifts supporting 24x7 operations to maintain proficiency. 

Candidate must be self-motivated, able to work in a dynamic team environment and work under general direction while independently determining and developing approaches to solutions

 Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) field. (Additional experience with operational space environment may be considered in lieu of a degree)
  • Minimum of 9 years experience in an engineering field and/or space operations
  • U.S. citizen
  • Ability to conduct a range of modeling, simulation and analysis of orbital maneuvers and/or orbit estimation
  • Strong technical background in orbital mechanics/astrodynamics to help plan mission engagements and verify free-flight safety paths or recommend courses of action for off-nominal situations.
  • Experience with planning delta-V maneuvers to ensure safe burn and correct orbital adjustments as intended per the maneuver
  • Familiar with a variety of astrodynamics tools (System Tool Kit (STK), FreeFlyer, NASA General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT), Orbit Determination Toolbox (ODTBX))
  • Must possess and be able to maintain a current DoD Top Secret clearance with SCI 
  • Experience with developing and presenting briefing slides to senior leaders and executive level personnel
  • Ability to work odd and/or extended hours covering a 24/7 period and periodic rotating shifts

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in one or more of the following technical disciplines: orbital propagation and perturbations, orbit estimation, orbital maneuvers, modeling and simulation and analysis
  • Ability to develop and maintain operational procedures, products and training materials
  • Previous experience with troubleshooting, anomaly resolution and performing analysis on operational systems
  • Support mission simulation, scripting, and verification activities.
  • Proficiency with one or more of the following programming languages/tools: MATLAB, Python, SIMULINK, Fortran, Java, C/ C++
  • Experience with rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO) or formation flight
  • Experience with optimization techniques and their application to trajectory optimization and/or multi-objective optimization
  • Prior aerospace-related work experience for a U.S Government Agency or Contractor


Salary Range: $108,600 USD - $163,000 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.