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Principal/Sr Principal Algorithm Systems Engineer – Ground Based Midcourse Defense

Requisition ID: R10050127

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Huntsville, Alabama, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Interim Secret
  • 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

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Northrop Grumman’s Space Systems Sector is seeking Principal/Sr Principal Algorithm Systems Engineer applicants for the Component Engineering Architecture and Performance (CE A&P) team supporting the Ground Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program in Huntsville, Alabama. 

The team member will participate in an Agile software development workflow to support the GMD GS systems including daily scrums, task updates, and code peer reviews.    

Job Responsibilities:

Technical Performance responsibilities include:
•    Perform conformation analysis to establish that the software products meet requirements
•    Perform behavioral analysis: characterize the behavior of tactical products and/or candidate algorithms for tactical products
•    Perform causal analysis to understand WHY observed behaviors occurred
•    Maintain simulations of tactical products (when tactical products are updated simulations need to be updated to match)
•    Perform trade studies to evaluate candidate concepts for product improvement
•    Develop algorithms to enhance tactical product performance
•    Break down larger tasks into two week subtasks 
•    Appropriately estimate size of tasks 

Leadership responsibilities include:
•    Manage overall task schedules, subtask schedules, and assignments 
•    Status leadership on task progress 

Qualifications - External

Basic Qualifications:

This requisition may be filled as either a level 3 or a level 4.

  • Principal Systems Engineer requires 5 Years of relevant experience with Bachelor’s degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline; 3 Years with Master’s degree; 0 with PhD.
  • Sr. Principal Systems Engineer requires 9 Years of relevant experience with Bachelor’s degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline; 7 Years with Master’s degree; 4 Years with PhD.
  • Active secret clearance required and the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas: data analysis, performance analysis, or algorithm development    
  • Ability to communicate technical information clearly to both technical and non-technical personnel
  • High proficiency in technical problem solving
  • Knowledge of MATLAB or similar engineering tools used in prototyping algorithms
  • Excellent interpersonal and team collaboration skills
  • Proven track record of successfully integrating problem solutions into a larger system 
  • Extensive background in Ballistic Missile Defense, midcourse missile defense, battle management, threat state processing, weapon target assignment
  • Capable of performing assigned tasks with very little or no direction
  • Capability to read and understand the Ada programming language
  • Attention to detail

Preferred Qualifications:

  • General understanding of any or all of the following algorithm domains: track processing, track reporting, discrimination, sensor resource management
  • Demonstrated communications skills with armed services and government customers
  • Experience applying advanced mathematical concepts (Numerical Analysis, Linear Algebra, Probability/Statistics) to complex problems and solutions
  • Experience developing algorithms in a MATLAB environment
  • Successful performance of root cause analysis of large complex software systems
  • Exposure to the Agile Development Lifecycle

    Salary Range: $92,000 USD - $138,000 USD
    Salary Range 2: $114,080 USD - $171,120 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

    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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    1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
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