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iReturn (Return to Work) – Sr Principal Engineer Digital

Requisition ID: R10051094

  • Category IconCategory: Administrative Services
  • Location IconLocation: Linthicum, Maryland, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • 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.

The qualified applicant will join a cohort of employees re-entering the workforce after a career break of at least two years. This cohort will receive special on-boarding designed to provide an effective re-entry into the workforce. iReturn℠ provides experienced professionals with a 12-week "returnship" to prepare for a full-time career in one of several fields at Northrop Grumman through training, professional development and networking opportunities. Qualified applicants will join a cohort of employees returning to the workforce after a 2+ career break for this "returnship" program that focuses on giving you a seamless transition back into the workforce. This cohort program will approximately run from March/April - June and prepare candidates for an effective re-entry into the workforce. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible for full-time roles with the company.

We are seeking a front-end ASIC design engineer for design and verification of full-custom digital and mixed signal Superconducting Circuits. Must be proficient in Verilog, System Verilog or VHDL RTL coding, writing functional test benches and have a thorough understanding of synchronous digital design concepts. Must be able to create a functional verification plan based on requirements of the circuit. Able to generate manufacturing test vectors and manufacturing test plan. Must be knowledgeable in synthesis, SDC constraints, formal verification, and static timing. Knowledge of scan insertion and ATPG is a plus. Able to interface with place and route engineers for floor planning and clock-tree constraints and timing closure. Automated place and route and physical verification knowledge is a plus. Must have strong written and oral communication skills.


  • Circuit behavioral coding in Verilog, System Verilog or VHDL RTL
  • Circuit synthesis, formal verification, and static timing using state of the art digital ASIC design tools
  • Developing verification plans based on requirements of the circuit and creating circuit functional test benches in RTL
  • Generating manufacturing test vectors and manufacturing circuit test plan
  • Help to develop automated procedures to streamline digital design procedures

This position requires onsite work at our Advanced Technology Lab in Linthicum, MD.

Basic Qualifications for Sr. Principal Digital ASIC Circuit Design Engineer Level:

  • A career break of at least two years.
  • If required, Bachelors' degree and minimum 5 years of experience or Masters’ with minimum 3 years of experience (or whatever number of years of experience).  If the degree will be required at conversion, please include it in the iReturn req. 
  • Bachelor's degree in a technical area (BSEE or other Engineering discipline preferred) with 9 years of relevant experience (7 years with technical MS, 4 years with technical PhD)
  • Experience with full product life cycle (requirements, design, implementation, test) of ASIC design
  • Working knowledge of the front-end ASIC design flow from RTL to gates (RTL coding, simulation, synthesis, static timing analysis, logic equivalence, DFT insertion)
  • Proficiency with current ASIC design tools for all phases described below: Simulation – Mentor ModelSim, Cadence Excelium Incisive or Synopsys VCS - Synthesis – Synopsys Design Compiler, Cadence Genus or Cadence RTL Compiler - Static Timing – Synopsys Primetime or Cadence Tempus
  • Ability to obtain and maintain US Security Clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced Degree - either MS or PhD
  • Current security clearance or eligibility
  • Experience with chip level integration and ASIC chip lead - Strong design automation skills
  • Experience in CAD design network, tool configuration, and data management
  • Familiarity with custom layout in Virtuoso, and physical verification (LVS/DRC) in Assura or Calibre Familiarity with revision control and EDA standard formats used in cell/library development and modeling – Liberty (timing model), SDC (Synopsys Design Constraints)
  • Active TS/SCI Security Clearance

Salary Range: $80,080 USD - $80,080 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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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.