Principal Research Scientist

Requisition ID: 21007483

  • Category IconCategory: Research and Sciences
  • Location IconLocation: Brigham City, Utah
  • Citizenship IconUS Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No –Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10 % of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.
Northrop Grumman Space Systems is currently looking for a Principal Research Scientist to work in our Promontory, UT location. The Heath Management Team creates physics based models of organic and inorganic material behavior, creates new measurement systems for NDE inspection, and assists other labs with electronics and data acquisition within Propulsion Systems.  We oversee processes of generating laboratory sized samples from solid rocket motors and the subsequent chemical and mechanical testing of these samples for service life estimates.
We are seeking a Principal Research Scientist with chemistry skills to contribute to our understanding of the complex aging reactions taking place within our energetic components and their polymeric binder systems.  You also have the opportunity to participate in the modeling and simulation of aging processes and in the associated programming required to generate service life estimates.
Our multidisciplinary team consists of chemists, engineers (electrical, mechanical and chemical) and physicists all working together to advance the state of health management systems for products containing energetic materials.  Each of our team members’ skills are needed to devise new tests, methods and analyses to provide a deeper understanding of the processes responsible for observed material behavior.
You will work with personnel in our well-equipped analytical chemistry and mechanical properties testing laboratories as you define experiments with model compounds, subscale articles and returned fielded assets.  Our team is committed to defining accurate estimates of the continued functionality and risks associated with the complex and vital energetics-containing systems for NASA, DoD and commercial applications. Come be a part of our mission! What you’ll get to do:
  • Collaborate with a skilled group of scientists and engineers to discover and quantify long term chemical changes in complex filled polymeric systems.
  • Work with R&D personnel and equipment to create unique new experiments and techniques focused on understanding chemical changes that occur during component deployment.
  • Define, lead and present the results of chemical testing programs to internal and external customers.

Basic Qualifications:
  • BS in Chemistry or related discipline with 5 years of relevant experience; MS in Chemistry or related discipline with 3 years of relevant experience; Ph.D. in Chemistry or related discipline with 0 years of relevant experience (preferred education).
  • Position can be filled one level higher with BS & 9 years, MS & 7 years or PhD and 5 years of experience
  • U.S. citizenship and the ability to obtain a Secret clearance.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with methods to determine chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, and thermochemistry of complex organic systems.
  • Experience with analytical techniques: HPLC, NMR, LC/MS, PyGC/MS, IC/MS, FTIR, UV-Vis, GPC, XRF, SEM, AFM, and ICP.
  • Experience with molecular modeling software.
  • Experience with MATLAB, Mathcad, Mathematica and Visual Basic.

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. UTspace

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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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