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Principal RF Microwave Design Engineer or RF Microwave Design Engineer

Requisition ID: R10037711

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Plymouth, Minnesota, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • 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: 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.

Northrop Grumman is seeking a Principal RF Microwave Design Engineer  or RF Microwave Design Engineer for our location in Plymouth, MN.

Designs, develops, tests radio frequency (RF) and/or microwave systems architecture, components, circuits, or products. Includes antenna design, both reflector and array systems, frequency synthesizers, transmitters and receivers. General frequent use and application of technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques. Demonstrates the skill and ability to perform moderately complex professional tasks. Provides solutions to a variety of technical problems of increasing scope and complexity as assigned. Work is reviewed for soundness of technical judgment, overall adequacy and accuracy. Works under general supervision. Contributes to the completion of milestones associated with specific projects.

Candidates should have demonstrated capabilities in the following areas:

Qualifications

Basic Principal

  • BS in Electrical Engineering with 5 years of experience, MS with 3 years of experience or a PHD with 0 years of experience.
  • Understanding of Transmission line theory and how to design transmission lines based on substrate dielectric constant and thickness for complex PCB development
  • Understanding of relative permeability, relative permittivity, dielectric loss tangent, magnetic loss tangent, and their impact on electromagnetics
  • Familiarity and can utilize Network analyzers, Signal analyzers, power meters, and other RF test gear to evaluate and test for design requirements
  • Familiarity and can evaluate datasheets for RF circuit components such as passives, mixers, couplers, Power Amps, LNA’s, synthesizers, and switch’s to meet performance specifications.
  • Understand how to navigate/read Smith Chart
  • Understanding of S-parameters and how to capture them using Vector Network Analyzer
  • Willing to learn complex RF simulation design tools
  • A strong curiosity and drive to learn RF design principles and techniques.
  • Must be a US Citizen and able to acquire a Secret Clearance.

Preferred Principal

  • Experience with simulation tools such as ANSYS HFSS, ADS, COMSOL, XFDTD, or other
  • Experience/knowledge on Electromagnetic Environments Effects and mitigation
  • Familiarity and experience with:
  • Test and debugging of RF circuits
  • RADAR principles and RF Hardware design
  • RF Communications Transceiver Design
  • System level design for optimized SNR
  • Antenna design principles
  • Schematic capture, layout, and simulation for circuit board development
  • Link Budget analysis
  • Digital modulation and coding
  • High density, integrated packaging such as RFIC’s, MCM’s, and SiP’s
  • Mil-STD’s, E3, EMI, EMC

Basic Engineer

  • BS in Electrical Engineering with 2 years of experience, MS with 0 years of experience
  • Understanding of Transmission line theory and how to design transmission lines based on substrate dielectric constant and thickness for complex PCB development
  • Understanding of relative permeability, relative permittivity, dielectric loss tangent, magnetic loss tangent, and their impact on electromagnetics
  • Familiarity and can utilize Network analyzers, Signal analyzers, power meters, and other RF test gear to evaluate and test for design requirements
  • Familiarity and can evaluate datasheets for RF circuit components such as passives, mixers, couplers, Power Amps, LNA’s, synthesizers, and switch’s to meet performance specifications.
  • Understand how to navigate/read Smith Chart
  • Understanding of S-parameters and how to capture them using Vector Network Analyzer
  • Willing to learn complex RF simulation design tools
  • A strong curiosity and drive to learn RF design principles and techniques.
  • Must be a US Citizen and able to acquire a Secret Clearance.

Preferred Engineer

  • Experience with simulation tools such as ANSYS HFSS, ADS, COMSOL, XFDTD, or other
  • Experience/knowledge on Electromagnetic Environments Effects and mitigation
  • Familiarity and experience with:
  • Test and debugging of RF circuits
  • RADAR principles and RF Hardware design
  • RF Communications Transceiver Design
  • System level design for optimized SNR
  • Antenna design principles
  • Schematic capture, layout, and simulation for circuit board development
  • Link Budget analysis
  • Digital modulation and coding
  • High density, integrated packaging such as RFIC’s, MCM’s, and SiP’s
  • Mil-STD’s, E3, EMI, EMC


Salary Range: $78,600 USD - $118,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $96,900 USD - $145,300 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.