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Sr Principal Computer Test Eng – Lab Systems

Requisition ID: R10076399

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Palmdale, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% 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.

This requisition may be filled at the higher level based on requirements listed below.

This is a multi-functional position with diverse development and technical responsibilities requires expert knowledge in information technology systems security, software, hardware, cloud, and server-client suites and networking because they are directly responsible for an organization's cybersecurity initiative and technical operation.  Cyber Architect shall provide and perform technical oversight for the integration, network alignment, network security management of laboratory computing assets and special test equipment. The successful candidate will interface with lab system design and integration, and must be familiar with Department of Defense Instructions (DoDI) 5002.02, DoDI 8500,and DoDI 8510;1 8510.01 Risk management Framework engineering disciplines, and have strong verbal and written skills necessary to successfully communicate and manage customers’ expectations.

Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Active Management and  of CISCO network switches and routing
  • Active Management and Use of VMware Virtualization Data Center configurations
  • Working Development and use Kubernetes architecture to maintain Lab Architecture
  • Active Management  of Windows workstations and servers ( Win7, Win10, and Win2016/2019 )
  • Active Management of Linux (RHEL/CENTOS) 7/8 servers and workstations in a production environment
  • Active Analysis & Implementation of Security controls on Windows and Linux Servers and workstations
  • Provide On call, 24/7 pager support during critical phases of testing, contingency operations and off-site as required
  • Shall provide direct support to the SIL CM Process, Laboratory design & offsite laboratory development and buildup for various efforts

Work Style Characteristics: 

  • Highly motivated and quick learning individual.
  • Must be able to work well with others
  • Strong time management and analytical abilities
  • Must be able to Review and perform analysis of laboratory drawings 
  • Ability to coordinate and work on a large number of tasks simultaneously

This requisition may be filled at the higher level based on requirements listed below.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Principal Computer Test Engineer (Level 3): Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience with a Bachelor's Degree; or 3 years of relevant experience with a Master's Degree; or 0 years of relevant experience with a PHD.
  • Sr Principal Computer Test Engineer (Level 4): Minimum of nine (9) years of relevant experience with a Bachelor's Degree; or 7 years of relevant experience with a Master's Degree; or 4 years of relevant experience with a PHD.
  • Minimum of 5 years administering Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5/6/7/8 servers and workstations
  • Minimum of 5 years installing, configuring, and maintaining Linux server applications ( i.e. Samba, NFS, Chrony, Web servers, Databases )
  • Proven ability to Task and Resource manage in order to meet program milestone 
  • Experience using Compliance and Remediation tools ( i.e. Nessus, SCC SCAP scanner, STIG Viewer ) 
  • Must be familiar with Department of Defense Instructions (DoDI) 5002.02, DoDI 8500,and DoDI 8510;1 8510.01 Risk management Framework engineering disciplines, and have strong verbal and written skills necessary to successfully communicate and manage customers’ expectations.
  • Candidate must have, and be able to maintain, at least ONE of the following active U.S. Government security clearances:
  • Dept. of Defense Top Secret level with a background investigation date within 6 years / OR SCI access with a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed within 5 years / OR Dept. of Energy Q clearance with a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed within 5 years

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Active SCI Clearance
  • Working knowledge of managing and maintaining GPO variables
  • Extensive experience in the deployment of I&T lab environments
  • Experience administrating laboratory asset databases 
  • Meets DOD IAT requirements for security certs or be in the process of obtaining one. (i.e.  Security+ certification)
  • Thorough understanding of computer networking and general communication of OS configurations, Network switches, Firewalls to various Special Test Equipment (STE) 
  • Experienced in the implementation of CMMC/DFARS/RMF/DOD Security Controls on Linux and Windows operating systems ( i.e. Windows SHB and RHEL SSG builds )
  • Extensive experience installing, configuring, and operating VMWare and KVM virtualization environments
  • Advanced knowledge building, deploying, configuring, and troubleshooting IT systems hardware ( i.e. Workstations, Servers, Storage Appliances, network switches, rack & stack )
  • Strong understanding of DevSecOps tools and practices ( i.e. Configuration Management, Atlassian Tool Suite, etc. )
  • Advanced working experience with scripting languages and automation, such as bash, Ansible, and/or Powershell
  • Extensive experienced with SAN/NAS hardware ( i.e Netapp, Linux and Windows file servers, storage appliances )
  • Proven experience working with vendors in the identification of new hardware/software technologies to meet program requirements
  • Adept at Performing Backups and Disk Restores using COTS and /or self-written and developed applications/tools’ to implement a disaster recovery plan ( Windows, Solaris, CentOS, Linux )
  • (ATP), Quality Assurance auditing for Class-3 FOE facilities. 


Salary Range: $92,200 USD - $138,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $114,300 USD - $171,500 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.