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Principal/Sr. Principal Superconducting Electronics IC Design Engineer

Requisition ID: R10066905

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Linthicum, Maryland, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SCI
  • 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: 5

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.

Are you interested in exploring a career in the cutting edge of IC circuit design? You'll leverage your current experience against our training and your team's wealth of knowledge with the goal of designing Reciprocal Quantum Logic (RQL) and superconducting devices in a highly collaborative team environment.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) Advanced Capabilities division is a leader in the development and manufacture of next generation high-performance computing. Superconducting electronics form the core of our technology, with development thrusts in both quantum and classical logic. Our quantum computing activities include the development of superconducting devices for both quantum annealing and gate-model quantum computation. Our classical computing activities focus on energy-efficient computation using our patented superconducting digital logic technology, RQL. With a well-established impressive performance this technology is appealing for a variety of immediate applications and future research possibilities at a time when Moore’s law is dramatically slowing. You’ll work in a fast-paced team environment alongside a broad array of scientists and engineers to make these design solutions a reality.

We are seeking motivated Analog/Mixed Signal Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Engineers to join our team in design and layout of custom digital superconducting circuits. You will use your skills as an IC designer while learning about superconducting circuit design. Tasks will include schematic capture, circuit simulation, circuit layout, physical verification (LVS, DRC), and parasitic extraction for a variety of superconducting circuits. The right candidate will be comfortable in a dynamic environment with rapidly developing technologies and tools. The candidate must have some experience in custom circuit design, preferably with Cadence Virtuoso. Experience with modeling circuit performance using Spice tools or ADE/Spectre, and/or experience with EM software such as HFSS, Momentum, Clarity or CST is highly desirable. Familiarity with quantum information is a plus. The candidate must be able to take a design from concept through modeling, layout and verification and create a test plan based on circuit requirements. Strong written and oral communication skills are required.

This position can be filled at the Principal Superconducting Electronics IC Design Engineer OR the Sr. Principal Superconducting Electronics IC Design Engineer. Qualifications for both are listed below:

Basic Qualifications for Principal IC Design Engineer:

  • Bachelor's degree in a technical area with 5 years of experience in in either Analog, Digital or Mixed Signal Circuit design (3 years with technical MS or 0 years with a PhD)

  • Solid understanding of circuit design theory; hands-on custom circuit design experience

  • Experience with IC custom design tools (preferably Cadence Virtuoso) for schematic capture, circuit simulation, and custom layout; physical verification using Assura or Calibre

  • Basic understanding of IC manufacturing and testing processes

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills

  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and milestones according to program schedule

  • Excellent communication skills, able to efficiently disseminate information to leadership and respective working group

  • Able to obtain and maintain a Top-Secret clearance per business requirements. US Citizenship is a requirement for this

Preferred Qualifications for Principal IC Design Engineer:

  • Understanding of hierarchical and top-down design methodology

  • Create and maintain chip design schedule, and meet tight deadlines in accordance with the overall program schedule

  • Microwave engineering background; solid understanding of transmission line theory and impedance matching techniques

  • Electromagnetic modeling background with commercial tools, such as HFSS, CST, Clarity

  • Understanding of combinatorial and sequential logic

  • Programming experience using an objected oriented language like Python or C++

  • Experience with product validation and testing

  • Knowledge of Quantum Information or Quantum Mechanics

  • Active TS/SCI Security Clearance

Basic Qualifications for Sr. Principal IC Design Engineer:

  • Bachelor's degree in a technical area with 9 years of experience in either Analog, Digital or Mixed Signal Circuit design (7 years with technical MS or 4 years with a PhD).

  • Solid understanding of circuit design theory; extensive hands-on custom circuit design experience

  • Working knowledge of the IC design flow including schematic capture, simulation, layout and physical verification (DRC/LVS)

  • Proficiency with modern IC design tools (preferably Cadence Virtuoso) for schematic capture, circuit simulation, and custom layout; physical verification using Assura or Calibre

  • Good understanding of IC manufacturing and testing processes

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills

  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and milestones according to program schedule

  • Excellent communication skills, able to efficiently disseminate information to leadership and respective working group

  • Able to obtain and maintain a Top-Secret clearance per business requirements. US Citizenship is a requirement for this

Preferred Qualifications for Sr. Principal IC Design Engineer:

  • Experience with hierarchical design, top-level floor-planning, and chip-level integration

  • Create and maintain chip design schedule, and meet tight deadlines in accordance with the overall program schedule

  • Experience with product validation and testing

  • Microwave engineering background; solid understanding of transmission line theory and impedance matching techniques

  • Electromagnetic modeling background with commercial tools, such as HFSS, CST, Clarity

  • Understanding of combinatorial and sequential logic

  • Programming experience using an objected oriented language like Python or C++

  • Scripting experience with SKILL

  • Knowledge of Quantum Information or Quantum Mechanics

  • Active TS/SCI Security 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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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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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.