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Principal / Sr. Principal FPGA Design Engineer

Requisition ID: R10016152

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Linthicum, Maryland, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 3

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.

Join Northrop Grumman Payload and Ground Systems (PGS) on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across space systems. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.Northrop Grumman is currently seeking a Principal FPGA Design Engineer or a Sr. Principal FPGA Design Engineer for our Linthicum, Maryland location.This position can be filled at either the Principal FPGA Design Engineer or at the Sr. Principal FPGA Design Engineer level, depending on years of experience and qualifications.Job Description:
  • Develop digital logic designs for space applications such as satellite command and control and sensor data processing.
  • This position is responsible for the design, development, creation and modification of digital logic designs implemented with Xilinx and Microsemi FPGA IDEs.
  • Scope of responsibility also includes simulation and verification of FPGA logic designs, compliance requirements, and supporting validation at the system level.
  • Candidate will coordinate with members of multi‐functional teams to develop innovative solutions
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability organize/prioritize job assignments and tasks.
  • Is able to work independently as well as in a team environment. Comfortable in a fast paced, rapidly changing, short turn-around environment.
  • Is able to communicate clearly and effectively to cross-functional team members. 
  • Has strong writing skills and is proficient at documenting design and analysis reports as well as test reports.
  • Position may require occasional travel to meet with various customers, in both government and industry, and to interface with suppliers.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
Basic Qualifications Principal FPGA Design Engineer:
  • Bachelor’s in Science with 5 years of related experience; or 3 years related experience with a Master’s degree, or a PhD with 0 years of related experience.
  • Experience with the use of various FPGAs or the development of HDL (Verilog and VHDL) code within the corresponding IDE.
  • Experience translating customer requirements and/or functional block diagrams into realized FPGA/Digital Logic Designs.
  • Experience defining development test plans and/or methods.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret/Secret Clearance.
Basic Qualifications Sr. Principal FPGA Design Engineer:
  • Bachelor’s in Science degree with 9 years of related experience; or a Master’s Degree with 7 years of related experience, or a PhD with 4 years of related experience.
  • Experience with the use of various FPGAs or the development of HDL (Verilog and VHDL) code within the corresponding IDE.
  • Experience translating customer requirements and/or functional block diagrams into realized FPGA/Digital Logic Designs
  • Experience defining development test plans and/or methods
  • Able to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret/Secret Clearance.
Preferred Skills:
  • Strong experience with Matlab and Simulink modeling and programming.
  • Develops detailed specifications from high level design goals and performs analysis of the hardware, system environment and design goals to enable selection and implementation of the desired system topology.
  • Presents assigned work at program technical reviews, proposals, or other technical meetings.
  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills to work effectively within a development team to understand system level inter-dependencies and design constraints.
  • Experience working in a cross functional environment (mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering, systems engineering, test engineering, production engineering, etc.) to translate customer requirements and functional block diagrams into realized Circuit Card Assemblies.
  • Conduct trade studies, identify and present alternate design options.
  • Experience with Systems Engineering principles
  • Some positions require a Polygraph

Salary Range: $106,500 USD - $159,700 USD
Salary Range 2: $132,100 USD - $198,100 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.