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EO/IR Sr. Principal / Principal Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10015925

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Linthicum, Maryland, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: 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

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.

Job Description

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems has an opening for a Systems Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals at our Linthicum/ Baltimore, MD campus.  This position requires a Security Clearance to be obtained prior to starting in the role.

The selected engineer will perform as a member of an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists on different project assignments to develop novel and innovative solutions to advanced technical problems. The successful engineer will contribute to the overall development of electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) systems, including: developing, benchmarking, and applying system performance models; constructing and interrogating demonstration systems; creating/refining/implementing models; implementing test procedures; and verifying/validating system performance. You will design, develop, build, and test systems and products to solve hard problems via electro-optical methods and develop and apply mathematical models for simulation and analysis of optical and electro-optical systems.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead and/or support testing on electro-optical system
  • Document designs and test results
  • Design and analyze EO/IR signal processing algorithms and software
  • Support the development and implementation of test plans for EO/IR systems
  • Build prototypes, products, simulations, and systems for testing
  • Conduct and/or support technical design reviews of requirements, specifications, designs, etc.
  • Present results to customers, both internal and external

Basic Qualifications:

  • Principal Systems Engineer - Bachelor's degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or a related field. For the Principal role, a Bachelor’s degree with 5-8 years of experience, a Master’s degree or 3-6 years of experience, or a PhD with a 0–3 years.
  • Senior Principal Systems Engineer - Bachelor’s degree with 9-12 years of experience, a Master’s degree or 7-10 years of experience, or a PhD with a 4–7 years
  • Knowledge of EO/IR phenomenology
  • Experience in lab testing, hardware/software verification, and concept development
  • Knowledge of Matlab, Python, C, C++  or similar programming languages
  • Problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Good verbal and written communications skills for presentation of te
  • chnical approaches, work performed, results, and findings
  • Ability to assimilate new concepts quickly and independently
  • Willing and able to work onsite and more than 50% within a closed area at the Baltimore campus
  • Eligibility for a Secret Clearance; U.S. Citizenship is a pre-requisite 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in calibration/radiometric operations
  • Knowledge of digital image processing algorithms
  • Ability to support discussions between multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to regularly engage with senior stakeholders and program leads
  • Current Top Secret, SCI, and/or SAP accesses

Salary Range: $96,600 USD - $145,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $119,800 USD - $179,600 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.