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Principal Quantum Physicist/Sr. Principal Quantum Physicist

Requisition ID: R10053084

  • Category IconCategory: Research and Sciences
  • 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: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No
  • 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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace! Do you enjoy a culture where your voice is valued? Start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. Here at Northrop Grumman, 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. As a company, we strive to create a diverse and inclusive workforce and understand that our employees are at their best with a healthy work-life balance, both of which are examples of the many benefits of joining our team!

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking Physicists. The qualified candidate will become part of Northrop Grumman’s Transformational Technology Business Area, which is focused on developing innovative next generation superconducting electronics (SCE) and advanced computing technologies.

This position requires work onsite at our Advanced Technology Lab (ATL) facility in Linthicum, Maryland.

This requisition may be filled at a Principal Physicist or a Sr. Principal Physicist based on years of relevant experience and capabilities in the areas listed below.

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Quantum Physicist:

  • Must have a Masters in Physics or Applied Physics plus 3 years of relevant experience or a Ph.D. in Physics or Applied Physics (or will complete by December 2022).
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance (US citizenship is required for this)
  • Proven skills at tackling/solving complex problems
  • A strong ability to learn new topics quickly in a fast-paced environment
  • A highly motivated self-starter
  • Works well in a collaborative, diverse environment

Basic Qualifications for a Sr. Principal Quantum Physicist:

  • Must have a Masters in Physics or Applied Physics plus 7 years of relevant experience or a Ph.D. in Physics or Applied Physics with 4 years of relevant experience.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance (US citizenship is required for this)
  • Proven skills at tackling/solving complex problems
  • A strong ability to learn new topics quickly in a fast-paced environment
  • A highly motivated self-starter
  • Works well in a collaborative, diverse environment

Active Areas of Research and Job Opportunities in this Position:

  • Superconducting electronics
  • Qubits/quantum computing
  • Designing/testing/modeling quantum information systems
  • Digital logic design/development
  • Low-temperature experiments
  • Microwave engineering
  • Decoherence mechanisms
  • Materials research
  • Reciprocal Quantum Logic (RQL)
  • Superconducting circuit design

Recently, talented physicists in the areas of quantum optics, solid-state qubits, particle astrophysics, plasma physics, and neutron scattering have joined our team. Applicants of various physics backgrounds are welcome to apply! Candidates are encouraged to highlight their interests or experiences with any of the active research areas listed above, as well as how they meet the basic qualifications.


Salary Range: $117,200 USD - $175,800 USD
Salary Range 2: $145,200 USD - $217,800 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.


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.