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2022 Associate Software Engineer/ Software Engineer, Dulles, VA

Requisition ID: R10055289

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, Virginia, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • 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.

We have an opening on our qualified, diverse Simulation Team within the Tactical Space Systems Division to support graphical simulation software development of space vehicles for national security programs, NASA missions to the moon, and commercial satellites. We are seeking Associate Simulation Engineer or Simulation Engineer candidates, depending on your years of experience.

Candidates will plan, organize and be involved in the full software lifecycle to develop spacecraft simulation software using state-of-the-art tools and software best practices. Responsibilities include graphical modeling and simulation activities across multiple projects. The ideal candidate will have expertise in C/C++ and Python programming, and be well versed in 3D computer graphics rendering. Familiarity with modeling tools such as Blender is a high plus. A preferable candidate would be knowledgeable on the development and use of simulation models of sensors, actuators and space environments to demonstrate closed-loop spacecraft system performance and general integration and test of aerospace systems. An understanding of waterfall, spiral and Agile software development processes and continuous integration using Jenkins, Jira, Bitbucket and related DevSecOps tools is valuable.

In addition to developing software, preferred candidates should be familiar with basic engineering practices as they apply to integration, test and debugging of avionics and space systems in a laboratory setting. This position will involve documenting designs, analysis, and test results plus creating presentation materials for internal and external customers. The ability to clearly document technical and programmatic status to management and spoken English fluency are necessary attributes of excellent candidates.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Engineers on our teams all participate in the following activities:

  • Plan, organize and be involved in the full software lifecycle to develop spacecraft simulation software using state-of-the-art tools and software best practices.
  • Develop models to support modeling and simulation activities across multiple projects.
  • Establish simulation requirements.
  • Work with other engineering disciplines to integrate and validate space vehicle modeling and simulation.
  • Prepare designs documentation, analysis, test results and presentation materials for internal and external customers.

In this role, engineers can also:

  • Convert engineering spacecraft models into optimized 3D visualizer tool models, using software such as Blender.
  • Develop software interaction between the simulated spacecraft components and the 3D visualization models.
  • Contribute to our ever-expanding graphical capabilities of the spacecraft simulation architecture using OpenSceneGraph, OpenGL, or similar.

Basic Qualifications:

This requisition may be filled at either a level 1 or a level 2.  Basic qualifications for an Associate Software Engineer 1 is a Bachelor’s Degree. Basic qualifications for a Software Engineer 2 is a Master’s Degree.

  • Bachelor’s degree spanning computer graphics software development, scientific software and architecture, aerospace design, verification & test, and mission operations. (Degree should be in Software/Electrical/Computer/Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or a similar technical program with a computer graphics emphasis.)

Remaining Qualifications for Both Levels:

  • 3D graphics development, using OpenSceneGraph, OpenGL or similar
  • Diverse programming proficiency: C/C++, Python, Matlab/Simulink
  • Experience building models and simulations
  • Able to develop in both Windows and Linux environments
  • US Citizenship is required for this position

Preferred Qualifications:

  • System knowledge in one or more of the following domains: Spacecraft Command & Control, Mission Planning, Space Situational Awareness and Visualization
  • Hardware interfacing, integration and test and controls experience
  • Agile development methodology, specifically Scrum, using Jira
  • Understanding of common embedded system tools, real-time operating systems and avionics integration and test practices
  • Usage and configuration of DevOps/CI/CD technologies (Jenkins, Ansible, Docker, etc.)
  • Active Top Secret/SCI clearance

Salary Ranges

Associate Software Engineer: 68,100.00- 102,100.00

Software Engineer: 82,400.00- 123,600.00

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 www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions

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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.