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Staff Engineer Guidance Navigation Control

Requisition ID: R10066697

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Chandler, Arizona, 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.

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's Space Systems Algorithms Group is hiring for a Staff Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Engineer within the Launch Vehicle business unit located in Chandler, AZ.

GNC is designing, building, and testing rockets for a mix of DoD, NASA, and commercial customers.

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, optimizing the algorithms for use on embedded systems, creating a verification and validation approach, generating simulation models for algorithm testing, and supporting the transfer of those algorithms to fight hardware. The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, and collaborative/team settings across all levels.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) with 14 years of related engineering experience or Master’s Degree and 12 years of related engineering experience, or Ph.D. and 9 years of related engineering experience

U.S. citizenship

Active Secret security clearance

Experience in developing requirements for seeker discrimination and tracking algorithms

Experience in designing, implementing, and testing seeker discrimination and tracking algorithms

Experience with electronic countermeasures and decoys

Experience with Electro-Optical systems, Focal Plane Arrays, and sensor electronics

Experience with Digital Signal Processing and Kalman Filtering

A basic knowledge of digital signal processing

Preferred Qualifications

Proficiency with Linux and Linux based software development tools

Ability to integrate complex systems that facilitate continuous build, continuous integration, continuous test, and 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: $134,700 USD - $202,100 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.