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Autonomy Software or Principal Software Developer

Requisition ID: R10049073

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location Icon Location: El Segundo, CA, USA   |  Palmdale, CA, USA  |  San Diego, CA, USA +2 more
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time

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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has an opening for an Autonomy Software or Principal Software Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals.

This position will be located in El Segundo, Rancho Bernardo, or Palmdale, CA.

Northrop Grumman’s Aeronautics Systems sector team is seeking a talented and highly motivated Software or Principal Software Engineer to continue advancement in our leading-edge UAV Control and Mission Management Software for our most advanced autonomous systems. This project involves the design and demonstration of complex mission control algorithms, human machine interfaces and use of cutting-edge AI/ML techniques for mission execution. Algorithms and user interfaces will be developed and demonstrated in hands on environments through the use of surrogate aircraft and large-scale software simulations. Products are then further matured through integration with many programs while using standards such as UCI, OMS, etc.

The ideal candidate will have software development experience in one or more of the following: C++/Java/Python programming, GUI development, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), complex algorithm development, Docker cloud deployment and hands-on HW/SW integration skills in a lab and demonstration environment.

Primary responsibilities will be design, development, integration and testing of the prototype software. This person must enjoy working in a fast paced and dynamic team environment. They should possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills. This position offers multiple opportunities to work with other highly energetic team members both within the immediate team as well as coordinate collaborative development across projects and teams.

***This requisition may be filled at either a Software Engineer level or Principal Software Engineer level ***

Basic Qualifications Engineer Software:

- Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline from an accredited university with 2 years of experience; OR Master’s Degree in Computer Science or a STEM related discipline from an accredited university

- Candidate must be able to obtain a Department of Defense Secret level security clearance

- Proficient in C++, Java, Python or a web scripting language such as JavaScript, JSON, HTML, etc.

- Must enjoy working in a fast paced and dynamic team environment

- Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Basic Qualifications Principal Engineer Software:

- Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline from an accredited university with 5 years of experience; OR Master’s Degree in Computer Science or a STEM related discipline from an accredited university with 3 years

- Candidate must be able to obtain a Department of Defense Secret level security clearance

- Proficient in C++, Java, Python or a web scripting language such as JavaScript, JSON, HTML, etc.

- Must enjoy working in a fast paced and dynamic team environment

- Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications:

- Current Department of Defense Secret or Top Secret level security clearance

- Relevant experience in user interface or Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML) development

- Experience with Docker/Kubernetes cloud deployment

- Experience with software design for autonomous unmanned vehicles (either real time embedded software or command and control interface)

- Experience using Red Hat Linux

- Familiar with standards such as UCI/OMS

This position reports to El Segundo, CA, USA, however, you are able to work from any of the additional 2 locations listed above.


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 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.