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Sr Staff Engineer RF Microwave Design (Active TS/SCI Required) – Up to a $30,000 Sign On Bonus

Requisition ID: R10057961

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Baltimore, Maryland, 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: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 3

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.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of defining possible!

Northrop Grumman Space Systems Sector is seeking a Senior Staff RF Microwave Design Engineer to support our Remote Sensing Program Business Unit in Baltimore, MD.

The ideal candidate will have experience in the following areas: Antennas, Electromagnetics, Computational Electromagnetics, RF/Microwave design, Digital beamforming, Hardware/Subsystem Integration and Test, and Antenna Control Design.

The qualified candidate will work with a diverse and talented team of engineers developing innovative and cost-effective systems that support a broad range of products and business areas across the life cycle of a program.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Designs, develops, tests radio frequency (RF) and/or microwave systems architecture, components, circuits, or products. Includes antenna design, both reflector and array systems, frequency synthesizers, transmitters, and receivers.
  • Developing and/or testing radio frequency (RF) and/or microwave antenna systems and/or related RF hardware.
  • Active electronically scanned arrays (AESAs)
  • Highly integrated subsystems including antenna hardware
  • Reflectors, Reflect Arrays, Digital Beam Forming
  • Antenna/RF Performance Analysis
  • Computational Electromagnetics, Statistics
  • Antenna or Subsystem Control Design
  • Antenna Measurements and Data Reduction
  • Antenna range integration, test, and system integration
  • Subsystem requirements (hardware and software) derivation, flow-down, and configuration

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or STEM related discipline with 20 years of related experience, or 18 years of related experience with a master’s degree, or 15 years of experience with a Ph.D. OR in lieu of a degree, 24 years of experience
  • 4+ years of experience in technical leadership for RF Antenna sub-systems, focused on successfully delivering sub-systems to customer(s)
  • 10+ years of experience in RF applications, including model development/application in Matlab, HFSS, STK, Python.
  • 6+ years of experience in RF Antenna applications
  • 8+ years of experience in developing and implementing novel systems
  • Excellent communication skills for both in-person and written content
  • Experience engaging directly with internal and external technical and programmatic representatives
  • Outstanding problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to assimilate new concepts quickly and independently
  • Must have an ACTIVE Top Secret/SCI security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Top Secret, SCI, and/or SAP accesses
  • Experience using Matlab
  • Experience using modeling tools such as STK and HFSS
  • Demonstrated history of personnel development and successful team engagement
  • Interest in and track record of providing successful mentorship
  • Ability to work across multiple geographically separated campuses


Salary Range: $165,400 USD - $248,000 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.