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Staff Aerospace Engineer (Software)

Requisition ID: R10028984

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Chandler, Arizona, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • 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: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 2

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 searching for an experienced Staff Aerospace Engineer (Software) Software Engineering Team within Launch Vehicles business unit located in Chandler, AZ.

The successful candidate for this position will work on a team developing and implementing algorithms for advanced seeker, track, and discrimination. The team will be responsible for developing the algorithmic set, creating a verification and validation approach, and supporting the transfer of those algorithms to fight hardware. 

Essential Functions:

  • Develop requirements for algorithms
  • Invent new algorithms or modify algorithms techniques to meet requirements
  • Design algorithms and provide details of mathematics, flow, and I/O
  • Implement and test algorithms
  • Validate and verify algorithms
  • Invent new techniques or modify existing techniques to meet requirements

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, and collaborative/team settings across all levels.

Qualifications - External

Basic Qualifications:

  • 14 Years with BS; 12 Years with Masters; 9 Years with PhD
  • A security clearance or the ability to obtain a security clearance is required. Candidates should have experience with large software systems and the full software development lifecycle
  • Software development/implementation experience in C, C++
  • A basic knowledge of digital signal processing
  • Enthusiastic self-starter
  • Basic understanding of EO radiation
  • Basic understanding of Focal Plane Arrays and the associated electronics
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Ability to obtain a secret security clearance is required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with Linux and Linux based software development tools
  • Integrate complex systems that facilitate continuous build, continuous integration, continuous test, continuous deployment
  • Working knowledge of hardware/software analysis tools (debuggers, logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, emulators, etc)
  • Experience with space craft or launch systems software development is highly desired.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with all levels of employees and management
  • Previous experience with digital signal or video processing.
  • Previous experience with Discrimination Algorithms, Machine Learning, and/or Artificial Intelligence.
  • Previous experience with IR Focal Plane Arrays


Salary Range: $134,400 USD - $201,600 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.