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Principal Antenna RF Engineer (CA or AZ)

Requisition ID: R10067021

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Redondo 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: 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.

The Electronics and Payloads - Antenna Products team is hiring for the next Principal Engineer RF Microwave Designer in Redondo Beach, CA or Gilbert, AZ. In this position the selected candidate will design, develop, test radio frequency (RF) and/or microwave systems architecture, components, circuits, or products. Includes antenna design, both reflector and array systems, ultra-wideband, and small aperture fixed beam antennas.

Responsibilities in this role are:

  • Design/analysis/testing of radio frequency (RF) and/or microwave antennas
  • Design/analysis using electromagnetic theory, electromagnetic analysis, and performance budgeting/allocations
  • Practical design/analysis of antenna hardware solutions, using innovative thinking, with familiarity in state-of-the-art applied electromagnetics
  • Leadership of antenna design/analysis teams to accomplish project objectives

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced and collaborative work environment with high expectations and diverse assignments. Candidate must also be able to collaborate closely with engineers and departments of all other disciplines.

Basic Qualifications: 

-        Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) field from an accredited institution and 5+ years of engineering experience in an aerospace environment; or STEM Master degree and 3+ years of engineering experience in an aerospace environment; or a STEM PhD. 

-        Experience with designing/analyzing/testing radio frequency (RF) and/or microwave antenna systems

-        Excellent communication skills and ability to interface with all levels of employees and management

-        Proficiency with MATLAB and/or other related programming languages

-    Experience with CST Microwave Studio, HFSS, GRASP, FEKO, and/or other computational electromagnetics software tools

-       Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

-        Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Electromagnetics from an accredited institution and 7 years of engineering experience in an aerospace environment.

-        Experience with antenna system architecture development, antenna system requirements generation/flowdown, antenna system design/analysis, and antenna system performance verification including range testing.

-       Experience with managing engineering teams from cost, schedule, and staffing perspectives.

-       Proficiency with CST Microwave Studio, HFSS, GRASP, FEKO, and/or other computational electromagnetics software tools.

-       Technical breadth across any of the following areas: highly-integrated antenna systems, phased arrays, digital beamforming, reflector antennas, reflect-arrays, aperture antennas, wire antennas, antenna/RF system performance analysis, RF electronics, digital electronics, power electronics, CAD modeling, statistics, systems engineering, antenna control design, range testing, measurement equipment automation, and data post-processing/reduction.

-          Active In-Scope DoD Top Secret and/or SSBI/SCI clearance.



Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 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

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 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.