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Software Engineer – Chandra spacecraft operations

Requisition ID: R10062121

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Burlington, Massachusetts, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: None
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Full Time Teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (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 Space Systems is seeking a Software Engineer to help develop and maintain a suite of MATLAB-based software applications for mission planning and flight operations of NASA’s Chandra spacecraft.  The Chandra X-ray Observatory, launched in 1999, is one of NASA’s Great Observatories and its “science impact spans nearly every domain in astrophysics, from cosmology and fundamental physics to the impact of stellar flares on the habitability of exoplanets. These science returns arise from Chandra’s unique and essential capabilities – sub-arcsecond spatial resolution and high spectral resolution – which has no peer in X-ray astrophysics and no replacement on the horizon.” (NASA Astrophysics Advisory Committee 2022 Senior Review report, p. 2)

The Northrop Grumman Flight Operations Team operates the Chandra spacecraft from the Operations Control Center in Burlington, MA.  The team uses a variety of software to develop observation plans, execute real-time supports, analyze spacecraft performance, and prepare for future activities.  A large portion of this software is MATLAB-based and is designed around a number of mission-specific graphical user interfaces.

The selected candidate will become part of the small Software section of the Flight Operations Team.  The applicant should be a motivated self-starter who is able to design, implement, and test new software functionality both independently and in close collaboration with peers, users, and customers.  Tasking will initially be focused on implementing new features, expanding unit and regression test infrastructure and coverage, responding to user requests, upgrading to new versions of MATLAB and Python, integrating peer and customer code, and performing general maintenance and development of the codebase.  Responsibilities are expected to expand over time to cover other software and systems that support Chandra Flight Operations.

Telecommute options may be available.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Physics, or related STEM discipline and 5 years of engineering experience OR Master's degree in a STEM discipline and 3 years of engineering experience. OR a PhD in a STEM discipline
  • Minimum two years software development experience
  • Proficiency in MATLAB software development

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience developing graphical user interfaces
  • SVN and Git revision control system experience
  • Python software development experience
  • Web development experience (HTML/CSS, JavaScript, PHP)
  • Experience with Unix/Linux systems
  • Software unit, integration, and system testing 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.