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Principal Engineer Software

Requisition ID: R10070171

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: El Segundo, California, United States of America
  • 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: No
  • 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.

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems has an opening for the Principal Engineer Software to join our DARPA Guaranteed Architectures for Physical Security (GAPS) team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in El Segundo, CA.

Duties Include:

  • The candidate will work with the DARPA GAPS team which is seeking a talented, self-motivated software engineer to join an exciting, complex, mission-focused hardware/software development project working with a team of qualified, diverse individuals based in Redondo Beach. The selected candidate will support an ongoing contract activity in data security device development, integration and evaluation.
  • Candidate will be engaged in the software integration, test, verification and evaluation of such devices and will include multiple levels of the OSI model. Security devices will include a software IDE and toolchain, including language and compiler extensions, which must be evaluated. In addition the candidate will be involved in developing system and software modeling using MBSE toolchains to characterize and represent behavior and functionality of various system components.
  • Tasks include writing software to integrate software and hardware components and support demonstrations.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline from an accredited university and 5 years of related engineering experience OR Master’s Degree with 3 years of software engineering experience.
  • Candidate must have, and be able to maintain, at least ONE of the following active U.S. Government security clearances:
    • Department of Defense Secret level with a background investigation date within 10 years OR Department of Energy L clearance with a background investigation date within 10 years.
  • Operations or system administration experience, particularly on Linux.
  • Experience with container networking on Docker and networking protocol TCP/IP
  • Solid knowledge and hands-on experience with C, C++, Python, Java and Git
  • Experience with Agile development and continuous built/test cycle.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with UML/SySML Modeling tools like Rhapsody, Cameo, RSA, or Enterprise Architect.
  • Experience working with network security, Cross Domain Solution, and networking protocols including IPSEC, TCP/IP, TLS, MPLS, and MP-BGP
  • Background with Software architecture design and implementation using different approaches (Client/Server, ESB/Mule/ActiveMQ/ZeroMQ, synchronous and asynchronous applications, distributed and centralized etc.).
  • Prefer candidate to have and be able to maintain, at least ONE of the following active U.S. Government security clearances:
    • Department of Defense Top Secret level with a background investigation date within 6 years OR Department of Energy Q clearance with a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed within 5 years.
  • Conversant with advanced concepts in:
    • Strong Data Typing
    • Memory Management
    • Asynchronous and Concurrent operations
    • UML/Object orientation
    • Frames/Templates
    • UI / Presentation Layer
    • Interrupts and Polling
    • Networking and Device Drivers
    • IDE, CLI, RTOS, Cross-compilers
  • Ability to perform software analysis such as:
    • Lexical Analysis
    • Complexity Analysis
    • Performance Analysis and Benchmarkingutility programs, and operating systems. Ensures software standards are met.

Salary Range: $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.