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Principal or Sr. Principal RF Systems Architect

Requisition ID: R10033676

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Cincinnati, Ohio, 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
  • 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.

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. 

Northrop Grumman Xetron is a small Operating Unit within the larger Northrop Grumman Corporation that is located in Cincinnati Ohio. Xetron is a rare example of an organization with a small business culture that is operating collaboratively with its larger business parent entity. You’ll get the opportunity to wrestle with the next big problems in an atmosphere of collaboration and cooperation, sharing your expertise while also learning from other highly gifted and experienced engineers. Remember when you were excited about getting to work because the challenge of the problem, the importance of the solution and the fun you had with your team? Xetron is that kind of place! 

We are seeking a cleared Principal or Senior Principal RF Systems Architect for a critical role as 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. 

Essential Function:

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.



*This position may be filled at the Principal or Sr. Principal level*

Basic Qualifications: 

• Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, Science or related discipline with 5 years of engineering experience; or Masters with 3 years of engineering experience; or PhD with 0 years of experience.
• Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering, Science or related discipline with 9 years of engineering experience; or Master's with 7 years of engineering experience; or PhD with 3 years of engineering experience.
• 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 obtain an 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 transmitters), 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: $92,200 USD - $138,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $114,100 USD - $171,100 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

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.

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.