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Space/Satellite – Engineer/Principal Engineer Systems – Modeling & Simulation – TS/SCI

Requisition ID: R10055245

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, Virginia, 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, 25% 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.

Successful candidates for this position will work in a technical role in Dulles VA.  This Systems Engineering role is responsible for leading the modeling and simulation efforts for a space program in the National Security Space business area within the Space Systems Sector.

The Systems Modeling and Simulation Engineer will be responsible for:

  • Modeling Concept of Operations

  • Design Reference Missions in support of a ground based service oriented architecture intended to service next generation space capability. 

  • Systems Modeling and Simulation

  • space mission modeling and simulation using tools such as Freeflyer or STK for analyzing and visualizing complex systems in the context of a mission.  

  • The Systems Modeling and Simulation Engineer will perform analyses of vehicle capabilities under various mission scenarios that meet operational constraints, satisfy ground segment requirements and optimize mission utility. 

Successful candidates will demonstrate an attitude and approach founded in the following key characteristics:

  • Schedule Driven

  • Data Driven

  • Simultaneous Focus on Short Term Objectives and Long Term Imperatives

  • Can-Do, Solutions Oriented, High Energy, Problem Solver

  • Information and Team Integrator

  • Decisive, Closure-Driver

The candidate will work with cross-discipline team members and must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work with a diverse community of engineers and managers to achieve the goals of the program team.


Basic Qualifications: 
  • Systems Engineer 2 - Bachelor’s Degree in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or related area and 2+ years of experience, Master’s Degree and 3+ years of experience.

  • Systems Engineer 3 - Bachelor’s Degree in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or related area and 5+ years of experience, Master’s Degree and 3+ years of experience; or a PhD.  

  • Must be a US Citizen with an active or current Top Secret/SCI Clearance.

  • Familiarity with Freeflyer, STK, or Matlab for mission analysis and mod/sim

Preferred Experience (one or more areas desired):
  • CONOPS development for Space Based programs.
  • Knowledge of various mission analysis techniques and software tools.

  • Space to Ground and Mission Architecture

  • Understanding of Agile software development practices.

  • Background working software systems engineering.

  • On-orbit testing of space systems and testing of integrated ground systems.

Salary Range: $82,400 USD - $123,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $101,400 USD - $152,200 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.