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Principal/Sr. Principal Human Factors Engineer (HFE) – (Space/Satellite Systems)

Requisition ID: R10062918

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Houston, Texas, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Full Time Teleworking 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.

Northrop Grumman's Space Systems Sector is seeking a Principal or Sr. Principal Human Factors Engineer (HFE) to be responsible for Human Systems Integration (HSI) and HFE activities.  This HFE will serve as a key member of the HSI team for the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) Program and other Human Exploration Programs. 

The HFE will contribute to all HSI efforts on HALO including but not limited to:

  • Requirements engineering, technical planning, system engineering and integration, verification and validation, cost and risk assessments, and supportability/effectiveness analyses for total systems.
  • Analyses are performed at all levels of total system product to include: concept, design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal.
  • Ensures the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints.
  • Directly contribute to Tasks and Error Analysis, Human-in-the-loop (HITL) test planning/execution/reporting, worksite analysis, anthropometric analysis, crew operating loads analysis, and requirements allocation/interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications. 
  • Support all HALO HSI and HFE related deliverables, HITL oversight, and sub-contractor interaction to ensure successful crew interface design that reduces human error.
  • Regular interaction with customer counterparts, system users, and different sub-system engineering disciplines to ensure user needs are represented in product design while meeting necessary requirements.

Position may be filled as a Principal (level 3) or Sr Principal (level 4) depending on experience.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline
  • 5+ years (level 3) or 9+ years (level 4) of Human Systems Integration and Human Factors experience
  • U.S. citizen
  • Proficiency delivering technical solutions/contributions to the completion of project milestones under minimal supervision, and with presenting findings to customers and contractors at major milestone meetings

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Significant experience with human data recording, processing, and reporting, in the form of Human-in-the-Loop testing derived from Human-Centered Task and Error Analyses
  • Significant experience with Systems Engineering processes, engineering lifecycle, technical readiness levels, and technical evaluation with objective and subjective supportive data
  • Experience with the interpretation and application of complex systems integration, systems safety, crew survivability, and habitability requirements to system design
  • Understand systems and design thinking as well as Human Machine Interface/Human Computer Interface design principles and practices
  • Experience with evaluation of anthropometric, human loading, user workload, and informational design
  • Experience conducting structured human behavioral evaluations including human error analysis and physical layout analyses and design
  • Aerospace industry familiarity or firsthand experience
  • Knowledge or experience with one or more of the following: Human space flight operations /Human Factors Analyses (workload, situation awareness, and usability metrics and reporting)
  • Familiarity with Human System standards and specifications (MIL-STD 1472, NASA-STD 3001/3001)


Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 USD
Salary Range 2: $125,800 USD - $188,600 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.