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Principal or Sr. Principal RF Systems Engineer (Design/Architect))

Requisition ID: R10004964

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Cincinnati - OH, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top 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

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.

Join Northrop Grumman – Xetron, part of the Mission Systems sector, focused on the development of new capabilities for our military and intelligence customers around the globe.

Remember when you were eager about getting to work because of the excitement of the challenge, the importance of the solution, and the fun you had with your team?  Northrop Grumman – Xetron is that kind of place!  As a small Operating Unit of the larger Northrop Grumman Corporation located in Cincinnati, Ohio, Northrop Grumman – Xetron is a rare example of a company with a small business culture, operating collaboratively with its larger business entity. This unique relationship offers employees the ability to literally know everyone at the site at a personal level while still working on technologies and products that are beyond state-of-the-art. You’ll get the opportunity to wrestle with the next big problems in an atmosphere of collaboration and cooperation, sharing your expertise with team members at all levels.

We are seeking a cleared Senior Principal RF Deign Engineer to join our Systems Engineering Group as a RF Systems Architect. This critical role is a key contributor to the successful completion of programs. We are looking for Professionals who want to solve the puzzles that make a difference to our nation’s security with a focus on RF Design and an emphasis on low Size, Weight and Power (SWAP), SIGINT sensor systems and Electronic Warfare.

Mission is everything to our program teams. Our customers come to us because we have proven time and again we can meet their challenging requirements and quickly. Our Systems Architects are responsible for communicating with our customers and end users to understand their requirements then ultimately turn those requirements into a product that can be fielded in their challenging environments by the aggressive mission date. Our products must survive harsh environments including terrestrial, airborne, and space. Therefore, a demonstrated track record from the candidate of developing hardware solutions and implementing them with ingenuity and creativity is expected.

Besides utilizing the exciting technologies and solving the unique challenges of our customers to meet their missions, what makes being a Systems Architect at Xetron great? One, since our program teams are typically small (i.e. 5-20 engineers), our Systems Architects are considered the technical leaders for the program helping to guide these small teams through all lifecycle phases of our programs including requirements, design, implementation, test and delivery. Two, again because our teams our small, our Systems Architects don’t live in the paperwork instead are required to get their “hands dirty” having direct involvement from concept through production of these novel hardware systems including hands on development and test of custom electronics and mechanical enclosures. Three, since our program durations are short, our Systems Architects get the opportunity to go through the entire program lifecycle again and again meeting new people and designing new systems often instead of working on one program for 10 years.

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This position can be filled at the Principal Engineer or Sr. Principal Engineer Level.

Basic Qualifications Principal Engineer:

  • 5 years’ engineering experience with Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, Science or related discipline OR 3 years’ engineering experience with Masters in Electrical Engineering, Science or related discipline OR 0 years’ engineering experience with PhD in Electrical Engineering, Science or related discipline
  • This position requires significant experience in two or more of the following:

- Systems Architecture of RF systems

- Full system to circuit card level

- RF Performance Modeling and simulation

- Integrated circuit and electronics design of RF systems

- Experience in RF hardware design

- Novel RF waveform design

  • US Citizenship and an active Top Secret Clearance with the ability to get SCI clearance.

Basic Qualifications Sr. Principal Engineer:

  • 9 years’ engineering experience with Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, Science or related discipline OR 7 years’ engineering experience with Masters in Electrical Engineering, Science or related discipline OR 5 years’ engineering experience with PhD in Electrical Engineering, Science or related discipline
  • This position requires significant experience in two or more of the following:

- Systems Architecture of RF systems

- Full system to circuit card level

- RF Performance Modeling and simulation

- Integrated circuit and electronics design of RF systems

- Experience in RF hardware design

- Novel RF waveform design

  • US Citizenship and an active Top Secret Clearance with the ability to get SCI clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active Top Secret Clearance with SCI - Master’s / PhD in a relevant field
  • RF domain experience covering VHF through microwave frequencies
  • Significant technical contribution in RF hardware (receivers and transmit-ters), DSP design, RF communication, signal collection, and/or EW programs
  • Experience in designing complex system architectures
  • Experience with the challenges in designing hardware systems to survive in harsh environments including terrestrial, airborne, and space
  • Experience in SWAP design challenges
  • Requirements derivation & flow down
  • Systems integration testing
  • Verification and Validation
  • Leading system and/or subsystem design with direct involvement

This position offers the option of a 9/80 work schedule. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work nine-hour days Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off.


Salary Range: 92000 - 138000
Salary Range 2: 114080 - 171120

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 (https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/) 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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.



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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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