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Principal RF Test Engineer / Senior Principal RF Test Engineer

Requisition ID: R10051066

  • 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.

The Emerging Capabilities Development Organization of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking an exceptionally talented, motivated, and creative Semiconductor/RF Test Engineer for our Advanced Technology Lab (ATL) located outside of Baltimore, Maryland - where we design, manufacture, and test semiconductor products for internal and commercial production customers as well as emerging technology programs.

Northrop Grumman’s ATL semiconductor foundry is a unique capability supporting a range of production microelectronic devices (Silicon, Silicon Germanium, Gallium Arsenide, Gallium Nitride, Silicon Carbide, Carbon Nanotubes) a nd providing leading edge technology development in superconducting electronics. Our devices enable a number of Northrop Grumman’s ground based radars, avionic radars, and space systems. Join us for the chance to work with an amazing, experienced, and talented team while helping serve your country. Enjoy the opportunity to grow and learn with a variety of challenging projects in R&D, ongoing long term programs, and new programs targeting future military platforms. Our multidisciplinary foundry team enables activities from development to sustainment process engineering. ATL is responsible for all aspects of semiconductor technology including design, mask making, wafer fabrication, test, and assembly. The candidate must be a strong team participant, have excellent communication skills, and be resourceful and multitalented. A strong understanding of semiconductor technology and microelectronic manufacturing test methodologies are essential.

The Semiconductor/RF Test Engineer will support development and execution of RF MMIC and SOC test for multiple technologies including GaAs/GaN/SiGe. The Test Engineer will be responsible for understanding the test requirements, documenting the test plan, and developing the software and hardware solution necessary. Administrative and technical responsibility includes test software and hardware development, daily and forward-looking test scheduling, test data integrity, equipment/software improvements, and supporting the procurement of both expense and capital test equipment. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, ensuring configuration control of test software and hardware, test quality, test documentation quality, test equipment calibration, and compliance to customer documents (e.g. Source Control Documents). Excellent verbal and written communication skills also required. #NGATL

This requisition may be filled as a Principal RF Test Engineer or Senior Principal RF Test Engineer

Basic Qualifications for Principal RF Test Engineer:

- Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or closely related technical area with at least 5 yrs of relevant experience (Masters degree with 3 yrs experience or PhD with 0 yrs experience) including experience in RF/Digital manufacturing test development

- Software programming experience is absolutely required

- Candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a secret clearance (US citizenship required)

Basic Qualifications for Senior Principal RF Test Engineer:

- Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or closely related technical area with at least 9 yrs of relevant experience (Masters degree with 7 yrs experience or PhD with 4 yrs experience) including experience in RF/Digital manufacturing test development

- Software programming experience is absolutely required

- Candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a secret clearance (US citizenship required)

Preferred Qualifications:

- Semiconductor testing experience

- MMIC wafer level RF test, SOC RF and functional/SCAN/Memory BIST pattern testing, test board design and layout

- Experience with Network analyzers, Spectrum analyzers, Device Handlers and/or Wafer Probers, NI PXIe digital logic drivers and/or FPGA platforms - Experience with operating Systems such as UNIX and Windows

- Programming experience with some of these: C++, Visual Basic, Perl, and/or Verilog

- Active Secret clearance


Salary Range: $96,900 USD - $145,300 USD
Salary Range 2: $120,000 USD - $180,000 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.