Principal Guidance and Navigational Control Engineer – Aerodynamics””

Requisition ID: R10016758

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Chandler - AZ, 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.

NG is seeking a Principal Level Aerodynamicist to assist across multiple disciplinary departments associated with applied aerodynamic efforts supporting a wide variety of high speed missile systems and space launch vehicles. Experience in aerodynamic analysis and characterization of missile, rocket, or aircraft systems are required capabilities. A bachelor’s degree in engineering from an accredited college or university required with an MS preferred.

Job Responsibilities:

·  Capable of being an integral contributor in creation of advanced launch vehicle aerodynamic designs.

·  Support launch vehicle design through all phases from conceptual and preliminary aerodynamic design analyses to integration and test activities.

·  Perform aerodynamic configuration trade studies on mission performance that includes effects of static and dynamic S&C, propulsion, and mass properties.

·  Develop aerodynamic data bases for use in 6 degree of freedom launch vehicle simulation models (table generation with logical dependencies, uncertainty analyses, V&V techniques). 

·  Present work and technical findings to management and senior leadership through design reviews and program milestones (proposal efforts, technical reports, and formal customer presentations). 

·  Preparation of man level staffing requirements to support development of a rocket vehicle design from concept to flight.

·  Manage tasks and schedule to ensure smooth coordination with program and other leads. Assign/monitor work, review for accuracy.

Basic Qualifications:

5 Years with Bachelors in Science; 3 Years with Masters; 0 Years with PhD. Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering.

  • 5+ years of related work experience.
  • Active Secret Security Clearance is required
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.


·  Working level experience with all flight regimes (subsonic, transonic, supersonic, hypersonic, and rarefied flows). 

·  Working level experience with current legacy aerodynamic computer analysis programs, and support development of modified and new software tools and methods (CFD and industry predictive codes – Fluent, DSMC, Loci-Chem, Fun3D, Cart3D, Missile Datcom).

·  Working level experience with Wind Tunnel Testing and evaluation (transonic and supersonic).

·  Working familiarity with launch vehicle aeroelastic analyses (distributed loads, deflected vehicle effects).

·  Working familiarity with launch vehicle venting analysis requirements and engineering methodologies.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering is preferred.

8 years of related experience is preferred.

  • High speed wind-tunnel experience.
  • Working level experience with all flight regimes (subsonic, transonic, supersonic, hypersonic, and rarefied flows).
  • CFD Experience using codes such as CART3D, ANSYS, STARCCM+, or similar type code.
  • Experience with Missile DATCOM or similar industry pre-design prediction code.

Salary Range: 108376 - 162564

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. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 ( we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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.

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