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Senior Principal Software Engineer

Requisition ID: R10009769

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Linthicum - MD, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top 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: 2

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 Mission Systems (NGMS) Advanced Processing Solutions is working to develop next generation high performance computing systems to meet the mission demands of the NGMS Networked Information Solutions (NIS) business.  Superconducting electronics forms the core of our technology, with a focus on energy-efficient computation including our patented superconducting digital logic technology, Reciprocal Quantum Logic (RQL). On a gate for gate basis, RQL consumes orders of magnitude less power than CMOS while running at significantly higher clock speeds. Qualified individuals will join our team in mission to transform computing beyond Moore’s Law, advancing development of computer architecture, processing/memory subsystems, and large scale high performance computing systems. You’ll work in a fast-paced team environment alongside physicists, design engineers, and superconducting semiconductor foundry engineers to make these processing solutions a reality.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Sector (NGMS) is a leading global provider of secure software-defined, hardware enabled mission systems. Our company is pioneering capabilities in a wide variety of sectors that keep our nation and our allies’ safe from undersea to space and cyberspace. NGMS is seeking Senior Principal Software Engineers with demonstrated ability to lead development of new technologies to support our innovative Transformational Computing team to help develop software in support of emerging supercomputing technologies.

The software these engineers will be developing supports next-generation supercomputing capabilities and includes simulations, algorithms, test automation, and data management and analysis capabilities. As a Staff Software Engineer at Northrop Grumman you will have a challenging and rewarding opportunity to be a part of our Enterprise wide digital transformation. Through the use of Model-based Engineering, DevSecOps and Agile practices we continue to evolve how we deliver critical national defense products and capabilities for the warfighter. Our success is grounded in our ability to embrace change, move quickly and continuously drive innovation. The successful candidate will be collaborative, open, transparent, and team-oriented with a focus on team empowerment & shared responsibility, flexibility, continuous learning and a culture of automation.

The selected individual requires expert level software development skills and will be responsible for leading design teams in all phases of the software development lifecycle including design, development and test. Candidates should have a solid foundation with best practices in software design, Continuous Integration / Continuous Deliver (CI/CD) tools and processes, and object-oriented programming.  Candidates should be familiar with the Agile methodology of software development.

All job functions require close teamwork across functional disciplines and integrated product teams in a fast paced environment. This program area is expanding which offers the potential for future growth opportunities (technical lead, software architect, etc.) for candidates who successfully demonstrate exceptional performance and leadership. This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below.

This position is located in Linthicum, MD.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or comparable degree

  • A minimum of 9 years of experience in the software development including time in a lead role (7 years with a MS degree; 4 years with PhD)

  • Extensive experience with a wide range of object-oriented programming languages such as Python, Java, C++, Matlab, etc.

  • Ability to learn, contribute to, and debug large codebases and propose ways to optimize and employ best practices

  • Experience with the agile software development lifecycle

  • Experience developing and communicating software architecture constructs

  • Candidates must be a US Citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a US DoD TS/SCI clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Capable of effective communication in a highly technical environment

  • Experience with full stack web development and RESTful web services

  • Experience with relational and/or noSQL databases

  • Experience with UI design and development

  • Experience with test automation and instrument control

  • Experience with continuous integration tools such as GoCD, Jenkins, Artifactory and version control tools such as Git

  • Experience with server tool deployments and maintenance

  • Experience with deriving software requirements

  • Experience with creating design artifacts such as UML and SysML

  • Active TS/SCI Clearance


Salary Range: 119800 - 179600

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. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 (https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/) we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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.


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We offer an array of benefits to give you the support you need, including matching 401K, tuition assistance, health insurance and wellness options, coaching, mentoring and more.