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Embedded Software Engineer (Early Career)

Requisition ID: R10064760

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • 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: 4

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 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, 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 early career, cleared or clearable Embedded Software Engineers in a variety technical disciplines who are self-motivated and energetic with a background in Embedded Systems Design and Software Development.

Essential Functions:

The Embedded Software Engineer will be part of a multi-disciplinary program responsible for architecting, designing, testing, and deploying next-generation, specialized communication and sensing systems critical to US intelligence customers and allies. As an Embedded Software Engineer, you will contribute to system requirements generation, hardware-selection trade studies, embedded software development, and integration and testing of systems. Programs at Northrop Grumman – Xetron are engineering intensive, rapid schedule jobs for diverse SIGINT/EW applications. Focus areas are advanced waveform development, low size, weight and power (low SWaP) processing systems, specialized space communication payloads, and persistent signal surveillance systems. We are pushing the boundaries of wh at is possible in terrestrial, air, and space domains.


These positions can be filled at an Associate Engineer or Engineer level.

Basic Qualifications

  • For Associate Engineer level: B.S. degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field and 0 years of relevant work experience. NOTE: 4 years of relevant work experience can be substituted for the degree

  • For Engineer level: B.S. degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field and 2 years of relevant work experience OR M.S. degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and 0 years of relevant work experience. NOTE: 4 years of relevant work experience can be substituted for the degree

  • For Both: US Citizenship and ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance

  • For Both: Demonstrated software programming experience in C, C++, and embedded assembly languages (e.g. ARM, STM32, MSP430)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active Top Secret security clearance - Advanced degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field

  • Experience with embedded systems debugging and system analysis tools (e.g. JTAG emulators, remote GDB servers, USB or benchtop logic analyzers)

  • Experience with embedded systems development environments such as Xilinx SDK, TI Code Composer Studio, IAR Embedded Workbench, and the GNU compiler collection (GCC) and associated tools

  • Demonstrated experience with embedded commun ications protocols such as SPI, I2C, RS-232, CAN, SpaceWire, and MIL-STD-1553B

  • Interest in digital signal processing

  • Experience with GNU Radio or other software-defined radios (SDRs) and platforms

  • Proficient with MATLAB/Octave

  • Experience with embedded real-time operating systems (RTOS) such as FreeRTOS, VxWorks, Mentor Nucleus, or Linux with PREEMPT_RT

  • Experience with SDLC (software development life cycle)

  • Experience developing software for multiple operating system environments

  • Experience with virtual machine technology and containers

  • Development of lower level networking protocols such as TCP/IP and UDP

  • Ability to understand secure / insecure programming concepts (format string vulnerabilities, heap overflows, etc.)

  • Familiarity with common source control tools (git, Mercurial, etc.) and automated build system workflows (Jenkins, Go, etc.)

  • Experience with the Agile methodology

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

Salary Range: $60,800 USD - $91,200 USD
Salary Range 2: $82,400 USD - $123,600 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

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.