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Associate Systems Survivability Engineer/ Systems Survivability Engineer

Requisition ID: R10047235

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Melbourne, Florida, 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: 2

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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Associate Survivability Engineer / Survivability Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. Position is located in Melbourne, Florida. This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below.

This role focuses primarily in system survivability product design, development, analysis, and concept integration; materials (including high-temperature), radar cross section (RCS), and electromagnetic design, analysis, and testing.

The Survivability core competencies are as follows:

  • Develops and integrates advanced technology to reduce the detectability of aircraft in the electromagnetic, infrared, visual and acoustic spectrums          
  • Develops and implements predictive analysis codes; builds and tests physical models; designs, develops and builds test and verification equipment; and develops, tests and integrates specialty materials
  • Works closely with engineers of other disciplines to optimize the integration of this technology on existing and future aircraft.
  • An emerging generation of advanced design and special programs are offering dramatic challenges to low observables / signature management / survivability engineers.

These are unique opportunities to join the world leader in the development of Long Range Strike capabilities, our country’s next generation stealth fighter, and Reconnaissance and Surveillance aircraft. Some programs are so advanced; their impact tomorrow keeps them hidden today.

Key Responsibilities

  • Perform RCS model integration and test coordination by generating work instructions and ordering materials
  •  Participate in RCS test events to execute the test plan and analyze and post-process data
  •  Generate and maintain project execution schedule
  •  Participate in various process teams and ad hoc groups to develop Low Observable related system requirements, as well as operational employment plans and concepts.
  • Perform survivability analysis and Low Observable diagnostic testing/troubleshooting using support equipment and software tools to isolate anomalies and verify repairs.
  • Provide threat system analysis, aircraft operations analysis, Low Observable system performance to include fleet signature health using diagnostic test equipment and analytical tools.
  • Perform analysis on Low Observable data to identify component and system performance trends, identify component defects and identify potential areas of fleet-wide concern.
  • Participate in various process teams and ad hoc groups to develop Low Observable related system requirements, as well as operational employment plans and concepts.

Basic Qualifications:

This requisition may be filled at either an Associate Systems Survivability Engineer or a Systems Survivability Engineer level.

Basic Qualifications for a Associate Systems Survivability Engineer:

  • Must have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in a STEM discipline
  • Must have an active DoD Secret or higher clearance (with a background investigation completed within the last 6 years or currently enrolled into Continuous Evaluation).
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) clearance.

Basic Qualifications for a Systems Survivability Engineer:

  • Must have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in STEM discipline AND 2 years of related professional/military experience in Engineering to include background in signature reduction technology integration, RCS design, analysis, testing, and material development.
  • Must have an active DoD Secret or higher clearance (with a background investigation completed within the last 6 years or currently enrolled into Continuous Evaluation).
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in RF modeling and testing at an indoor/outdoor RCS/RF test facility
  • Strong interpersonal communication and technical writing skills to enable effective personal interaction and collaboration with a multi-disciplined team and customers.
  • A current active U.S. Government in-scope DoD Top Secret security clearance
  • Applied Electromagnetics and/or Aircraft Survivability; or Comprehensive understanding of Electromagnetic Energy transmission though space and within materials
  • Strong knowledge of low observables and RCS performance.
  • Master’s degree in Physics, Chemical, Electrical Engineering or a related technical field
  • Proficient in development, executing, and analyzing tests
  • Ability to work with internal support organizations such as Global Supply Chain and Security
  • Programming experience in C++, MATLAB, Python, or other highly technical languages
  • Experienced in one or more CAD software solutions such as CATIA, Unigraphics, NX
  • Ability to use CAE and/or FEA tools (i.e. FMS, Patran, Cubit, etc.)
  • Proven experience with 3D Method of Moments (MoM) such as SENTRi and 3D Physical Optics (PO) codes such as Ansys HFSS and Xpatch
  • Strong knowledge and ability with RCS data processing tools, such as Knowbell, SABER, or Pioneer
  • Active/Current Special Program Access (PAR/SAP)

Salary Range: $58,800 USD - $88,200 USD
Salary Range 2: $71,100 USD - $106,700 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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  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
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  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.