iReturn Technical – Electronics and Semiconductor Reliability Engineer

Requisition ID: R10017985

  • Category IconCategory: Administrative Services
  • Location IconLocation: Baltimore - MD, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Occasional/Part-Time Teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Days (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.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking an Electronics and Semiconductor Reliability Engineer within the Hardware Organization as part of the iReturn Program.  We are seeking an Enthusiastic, Motivated Electrical Engineer to join our team at our Linthicum, Maryland location.

The qualified applicant will join a iReturn cohort of employees re-entering the workforce after a career break of at least two years. This cohort will receive special on-boarding designed to provide an effective re-entry into the workforce. iReturn provides experienced professionals with a 12-week "returnship" to prepare for a full-time career in one of several fields at Northrop Grumman through training, professional development and networking opportunities. Qualified applicants will join a cohort of employees returning to the workforce after a 2+ career break for this "returnship" program that focuses on giving you a seamless transition back into the workforce. This cohort program will approximately run from late January to early May and prepare candidates for an effective re-entry into the workforce. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible for full-time roles with the company.

Learn more about the iReturn program here

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing engineering direction on failure analysis, circuit analysis, design, processing, and device physics support. Developing new analysis techniques.
  • Isolating and characterizing failure modes and understanding the physics of failure at a fundamental level.
  • Characterization and verification of failures using bench test equipment. Decap parts using chemical and/or mechanical methods. Use of failure analysis techniques such as liquid crystal, probing, voltage contrast, cross-sectioning, and others.
  • Definition and execution of environmental screening and reliability testing; which includes test design, setup, instrumentation, data logging, analysis, and report generation.
  • Working directly with engineers of various disciplines, program management, quality, manufacturing.
  • Communicate and network externally to keep abreast of new technologies and information
  • Serve as a subject matter expert to support physics of failure, root cause analysis, reliability and failure analysis

Basic Qualifications:

  • Engineering degree (Bachelor or Masters) in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related field
  • Have minimum 14 years of professional work experience (12 with Masters, 9 with PhD) in a related engineering field
  • 2 year career minimum career break
  • Be able to obtain a U.S. Government security clearance (U.S. citizenship is a pre-requisite)
  • Perform failure analysis which include visual photo-documentation, electrical test, non-destructive troubleshooting, destructive test and present technical findings to customers
  • Experience operating laboratory equipment such as IR Scope, Micro-probe, X-Ray, Scanning Electron Microscope, Acoustic Microscope (C-SAM), Focused Ion Beam (FIB)
  • Ability to read schematics and layouts and apply failure analysis procedures to identify the failure location, failure mechanism, and the root causes.
  • Experience with electronic test equipment (digital/analog) such as curve tracers, logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, and test systems to do board failure analysis and debugging.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, articulate conclusions to the team and advocate for appropriate action; includes presenting up to executive leadership and customers.
  • Ability to perform well under-pressure for highly visible and urgent issues.
  • Familiarity with industry standards (JEDEC, MIL) for qualifying electronics components for reliability
  • Proficiency in writing formal analysis reports that are distributed to internal and external customers.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interpret IC Design: Read schematics and layout plots, understand device functionality
  • Knowledge of CMOS and compound semi-conductor devices, device processing, device physics, basic chemistry and defect failure mechanisms
  • Skills in circuit analysis
  • Ability to design and develop custom device/component life tests
  • Knowledge of legacy and advanced microelectronic package technologies, materials, manufacturing, plating, and wire bond assembly
  • Familiarity with power supply circuit designs and troubleshooting


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. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 ( we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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.

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We offer an array of benefits to give you the support you need, including matching 401K, tuition assistance, health insurance and wellness options, coaching, mentoring and more.