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Sr Principal Engineer RF Microwave Design – RF Test

Requisition ID: R10046900

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Beavercreek, Ohio, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • 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 Aeronautics Systems (NGAS) is looking for you to join our growing team as a Senior Principal RF Microwave Design Engineer at our Aerospace Structures Facility in Beavercreek (Dayton), OH.

We are a unique blend of scientists, engineers, and technicians that specialize in Low Observable antennas, radomes, electromagnetic structures, and RF testing primarily for aerospace applications. We design and manufacture solutions for our war fighters to keep our country safe and maintain peace on a global scale. Our electrical engineering group (RF Microwave Design) is afforded the opportunity to work on state-of-the-art designs, primarily for classified applications, in both team and individual settings.  Our multi-faceted team consists of engineers and scientist with backgrounds in electrical engineering, LO technology, CEM, RF test, mechanical, structural, thermal, CFD, material science, process, and quality.

Essential Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Team-focused research, manufacturing support, design, analysis, prototyping, and RF test using state-of-the-art measurement equipment (e.g. SCI-2K, waveguide, 52’x42’x90’ RCS Compact Range) of advanced electromagnetic apertures, structures, and materials
  • Document, maintain, and implement best practices that ensure accurate certified RCS data collection in our RCS compact range
  • Lead efforts supporting continuous improvement of range data quality (field probe data collection and range diagnostic activities)
  • Lead diagnostic activities of our current radar system as needed and lead a study supporting the replacement of our current radar measurement system
  • Lead qualification and recurring test events to ensure compliance to requirements
  • Support technical design reviews and provide technical guidance to the program office
  • Collaborate with multifunctional teams including Manufacturing Engineering, Operations, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Customers, Suppliers, and Quality


The ideal candidate enjoys both theoretical design and hands-on engineering tasks. You are an inquisitive problem solver, self-sufficient, and determined with a positive attitude.  You have a broad range of skills involving electromagnetic applications and enjoy diving deeper into Low Observable challenges.


Travel can vary by program and tasks, but is minimal (less than 10%).


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) with 9+ years of engineering work experience; or Master’s Degree in a STEM discipline with 7+ years of engineering work experience.
  • Experience conveying technical information (both written and verbal).
  • Experience with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • US Citizenship, with ability to obtain and maintain Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active Secret Clearance
  • Electrical Engineering degree with a concentration in Electromagnetics
  • Aerospace experience, particularly hands-on with Low Observable structures
  • Experience working with RF test equipment such as Network Analyzers, SCI-2K, Transmission Tunnel, Std Waveguides, Reflection Arch, and Resonant Cavities
  • Experience with EM software analysis tools (e.g. Ansys HFSS, CST, FEKO)
  • Experience with RCS data processing tools such as Knowbell, SABER, and Pioneer
  • Basic programing experience (e.g. Matlab)

Salary Range: $114,300 USD - $171,500 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.