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Principal Engineer Research Development

Requisition ID: R10020782

  • Category IconCategory: Research and Sciences
  • Location IconLocation: Boulder, Colorado, 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 Space Systems is looking for you to join our team as a Research and Development Engineer doing algorithm development based out of Boulder, CO. You will be responsible for researching and identifying complex, multi-disciplinary problems, breaking into software components, and designing and implementing algorithm solutions. Work will include planning and executing team projects, developing prototypes and customer demonstrations; in addition to analyzing algorithm, subsystems, and interface performance. You are expected to communicate technical information effectively and clearly, present technical approaches and findings, and report status to colleagues including customers and program management as a technical point of contact.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develops innovated approaches across a diverse suite of algorithms in a rapid prototyping environment
  • Software and tool development using C++, C in a spiral development framework
  • Coordinates with software and test teams to perform integration and resolve defects with improvement recommendations
  • Drives the engineering process development, continuous improvement, and affordability initiatives within their program

Basic Qualifications:

  • Software algorithm development experience for complex, mathematically intensive systems
  • Experience with Linux
  • C++, C development experience
  • Experience with Integrated Development Environments (IDEs)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physics, Math or related discipline with 5 years of related experience; 3 years of related experience with a Masters; 0 years of related experience with a PhD
  • Must possess a DoD secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Focus in optimal estimation and multiple-model state estimation
  • Strong statistical analysis background
  • Experience with advanced data visualization
  • Experience with signal or image processing
  • Experience with target tracking
  • Experience with Python, MATLAB Java, FORTRAN, or system modeling
  • DoD TS/SCI clearance that is or has been active within the last two years
  • Experience with DevOps and/or Agile Development
  • Ability to travel on occasion (10% max) to Northrop Grumman and customer locations
  • Machine learning experience


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.