Staff RF Electrical Engineer – Space / Satellite Systems (Top Secret)

Requisition ID: 21008159

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, Virginia
  • Citizenship IconUS Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No –Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10 % of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

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 for a senior-level RF Electrical Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Tactical Space organization. This position will be located in Dulles, VA.   In this role you will:
  • Perform high-level trade studies and analyses of satellite communications systems architectures, including space and ground segments, in support of program and new business proposals.
  • Develop RF system performance requirements and flow down to detailed component specifications.
  • Define antenna coverage, preliminary antenna design characteristics, and specification of antennas.
  • Lead and oversee the mechanical and electrical design, integration, test, and in-orbit checkout of satellite communication subsystems.
  • Manage cost, schedule, and technical performance of RF subsystem development.
  • Present effectively at customer design reviews. Candidate will be expected to have frequent interaction with the customer, as well as with the senior management team in the business group.
  • Perform vendor survey for RF components and support down-selection and contract negotiation.  Provide technical subcontract monitoring.
  • Working knowledge of RF computer-aided RF design tools (e.g., HFSS, GRASP, Genesys) and analytical packages (e.g., Matlab, Simulink, etc.)
  • Write specifications and engineering reports as a result of advanced studies, special engineering investigations, and similar activities.
  • Mentor, guide, and advise less-experienced staff
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Basic Qualifications:
  • 14 years of experience with a Bachelors in a STEM degree (preferably Electrical Engineering;) or 12 years of experience with a Masters; or 9 years with a PhD
  • US citizenship with an active Top Secret clearance
  • Thorough understanding in the fundamentals of RF microwave system design, digital system design, antenna design, and satellite communications with the ability to generate detailed RF link budgets for digital and analog satellite communication systems
  • Strong knowledge of the functional performance of RF system components such as transmitters, receivers, transponders, filters, switches, isolators, and antennas
  • Understand the system architecture tradeoffs at the lower sub-system, system, and system of system level
  Preferred Qualifications:
  • SCI or SSBI preferred
  • Understand how to derive system requirements and how user CONOPS will impact the overall system
  • Experience in the circuit design, development, procurement, integration and test of satellite RF components
  • Hands-on knowledge and experience with RF test equipment including signal generators, network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes, amplifiers, mixers, power meters, directional couplers etc. with the ability to troubleshoot RF components and subsystems
  • Highly organized and methodical work approach with strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to explain complex problems, in simple language, to external customers and non-engineering managers
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of satellite communications systems and ground station networks, including commercial, civil, and military systems
  • Understand the how to develop a RF Communication system that will meet space environmental requirements
  • Experience with Cost Account Management and Earned Value Management Systems
  • High self-motivation and ability to thrive in a team environment
  The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft.  We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA’s Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants.  Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components.    Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program. As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including: Medical Dental & Vision coverage 401k Educational Assistance Life Insurance Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions Paid Time Off Health & Wellness Resources Employee Discounts Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work) For more details please visit our total rewards site or chat with one of our recruiters to learn more. Link:   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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