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Principal/Sr. Principal Digital FPGA Design Engineer

Requisition ID: R10039570

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Manhattan Beach, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • 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.

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for prime satellite and payload capabilities and directed energy and electronics solutions for national security, military, and civil customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible.

The Ground Systems Development Department (part of Northrop Grumman Space Systems Sector) in Manhattan Beach, CA is seeking a talented Principal or Sr. Principal Engineer Digital FPGA Design to join our team in the development and integration of complex electronic test systems and electronic hardware units in support of space flight programs. This individual would act as a responsible design engineer (RDE) supporting digital development on our program.

The RDE responsibilities include FPGA and PCB: architecture design, detailed design, performing customer briefings/reviews, and hardware test. Primary deliverables are flight electronics test systems and satellite system operational ground based hardware. 

The candidate will perform designs in a team environment with other engineering functions, including: Ground Hardware Engineering, Flight Hardware  Engineering, Systems Engineering, Product Engineering, Software Engineering, Production, Procurement, and Program Management to meet schedule and technical requirements.

The ideal candidate has a broad range of experience with: 

  • Design, integration, and test of Digital circuits

  • FPGA development 

  • PCBs/CCA design

  • Electronic drawer/unit design

  • Small to large electronic subsystems  

Some responsibilities include performing the following:

  • Detailed Digital analysis at the component level

  • FPGA design, functional simulation, and test vector creation

  • PCB/CCA design, development, test, and integration

  • Electronic Unit design, development, test, and integration

  • Electronic Test System (Test Set) design, development, test, and post-delivery support

  • Worst case performance analysis for critical Digital signals

  • Developing and presenting design reviews for internal and external customers 

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Level 3: Bachelor’s degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering, or another STEM degree from an accredited institution and 5+ years of engineering experience; OR +3 years of engineering experience with a STEM Master's degree; OR 0+ years of experience with a STEM PhD. degree 

  • Level 4: Bachelor’s degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering, or another STEM degree from an accredited institution and 9+ years of engineering experience; OR 7+ years of engineering experience with a STEM Master's degree; OR 4+ years of engineering experience with a STEM PhD. degree

  • Design and test experience in electronics or digital technology

  • Previous PCB and/or FPGA design experience

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Design and test experience in Analog/RF and Digital technology

  • Master’s degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering from an accredited institution

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Active DOD, SCI, or SSBI clearance

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Salary Range: $101,600 USD - $167,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $138,300 USD - $207,500 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.