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Sr. / Principal FPGA Design Engineer (TS/SCI) – Rolling Meadows, IL

Requisition ID: R10042147

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Rolling Meadows, Illinois, 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, 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.

Come be a part of our mission! The Payload and Ground Systems Division seek a talented FPGA Design Engineer with signal processing experience to join our growing team in Rolling Meadows, IL.

As an FPGA Design Engineer, you will join our diverse team and be responsible for research, requirements analysis, systems architecture, design, coding, test bench design, verification, synthesis, and place and route for our digital signal processing products. You will be working with digital subsystem and circuit card designs that utilize the latest FPGA technologies from all major vendors and device families including Xilinx, Intel (Altera), and Microsemi (Actel.) You will also support high speed interfaces, Radio Frequency (RF) and Electro-Optical (EO) DSP, controls, data links, embedded processing, and processor interfaces. Your expertise in digital signal processing, modeling and simulation, and circuit level design and test are desired for this position.

To be successful in this role you will need the following skills:

  • Adaptive, creative, and collaborative
  • Comfortable working independently
  • Enjoy solving difficult problems while communicating with all levels of an organization internally and externally

This position may be filled at either an Sr. Principal or a Principal level based on the qualifications listed below.

Basic Qualifications:

Principal Engineer

  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM degree (ideally Engineering) with 5 years of experience; OR a Master’s degree with 3 years; OR a PhD
  • Experience with RTL coding for FPGAs/ASICs
  • Proficiency in FPGA design flow including items such as RTL/gate level simulation, synthesis, place and route, static timing analysis, and power analysis
  • Experience with FPGA simulation tools to verify performance of complex RTL blocks
  • Experience with Xilinx or Intel/Altera FPGA architectures and design tools
  • Familiarity with revision control, documentation, planning, and review systems similar to GIT/SVN/ClearCase, DOORS, Jira/Rally/ClearQuest, etc.
  • Active or Current Top Secret Security Clearance
  • US Citizen

Sr. Principal Engineer

  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM degree (ideally Engineering) with 9 years of experience; OR a Master’s degree with 7 years; OR a PhD with 4 years
  • Experience with RTL coding for FPGAs/ASICs
  • Proficiency in FPGA design flow including items such as RTL/gate level simulation, synthesis, place and route, static timing analysis, and power analysis
  • Experience with FPGA simulation tools to verify performance of complex RTL blocks
  • Experience with Xilinx or Intel/Altera FPGA architectures and design tools
  • Familiarity with revision control, documentation, planning, and review systems similar to GIT/SVN/ClearCase, DOORS, Jira/Rally/ClearQuest, etc.
  • Active or Current Top Secret Security Clearance
  • US Citizen

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current Top Secret Security Clearance with SCI (debriefing less than 2 years)
  • Advanced knowledge of VHDL/Verilog, C, Python or other scripting languages
  • Proficiency in High level synthesis (Xilinx Vivado HLS AND/OR Mentor Catapult HLS) with C++
  • Experience developing in MATLAB/Simulink
  • Strong knowledge of DSP structures and techniques
  • Implementation of Digital Signal or Image Processing algorithms on FPGAs
  • Experience with Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Tools: Mentor Graphics ModelSim/QuestaSim, Synplify, Xilinx ISE/ Vivado, Intel Quartus, Altera SOPC Builder, Altera Qsys, DSP Builder
  • Expertise achieving timing closure on FPGA designs and generating test benches
  • Experience working with or developing test benches using System Verilog and Universal Verification Methodology (UVM)
  • Experience debugging down to the hardware level & experience using Signal Generators, Logic Analyzers, Digital Oscilloscopes, and Embedded FPGA Debugging tools
  • An advanced degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering with a minimum 5 years of digital electronics design experience

The Northrop Grumman Payload and Ground Systems Division is a strategic partner specializing in delivering intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance solutions for classified and unclassified missions in the space domain. We provide integrated classified support in the form of space domain awareness, satellite mission operations, satellite command and control and development and deployment of restricted payload solutions. 

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:

Medical

Dental & Vision coverage

401k

Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)

For more details please visit our total rewards site or chat with one of our recruiters to learn more.

Link: www.northropgrumman.com/benefits

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Salary Range: $86,600 USD - $129,800 USD
Salary Range 2: $106,500 USD - $159,700 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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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.