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Principal FPGA/Sr. Principal FPGA design engineer

Requisition ID: R10068849

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Rolling Meadows, Illinois, 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: 4

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 Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, Processing Technologies Group, is seeking entry level engineers familiar with digital logic circuit design to work as Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) Design Engineers to be involved in full life-cycle product development of Radio Frequency Electronic Warfare (RFEW), Infrared Counter Measures (IRCM) and Advanced Target & Surveillance (ATS) Systems. You will be involved in Hardware Description Language (HDL) coding, test bench development, verification, synthesis, place and route and lab testing using state of the art tools and techniques.

This position is located at our Rolling Meadows, IL location

This position can be filled at the Principal or Sr. Principal level:

Basic Qualifications for Principal FPGA design engineer:

- Bachelor’s Degree in STEM related field with 5+ years of related experience or Master's degree in STEM related field with 3+ years of related experience.

- Understanding of digital logic fundamentals

- Ability to read and understand Integrated Circuit (IC) data sheets

- Basic familiarity with engineering lab equipment, e.g. oscilloscope

- Good attention to detail and self-motivated to learn

- Ability to work in teams and communicate clearly across various levels of engineers

- Must have interim secret clearance prior to start. Once started, must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret security clearance.

Basic Qualifications for Sr. Principal FPGA design engineer:

- Bachelor’s Degree in STEM related field with 9+ years of related experience or Master's degree in STEM related field with 7+ years of related experience.

- Understanding of digital logic fundamentals

- Ability to read and understand Integrated Circuit (IC) data sheets

- Basic familiarity with engineering lab equipment, e.g. oscilloscope

- Good attention to detail and self-motivated to learn

- Ability to work in teams and communicate clearly across various levels of engineers

- Must have interim secret clearance prior to start. Once started, must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Some experience in HDL (VHDL/Verilog) for FPGA or Programmable Logic Device (PLD)

- Some understanding of Digital Signal Processing or Image Processing

- Some experience with high level programming languages (C/C++)

- Some experience with scripting languages (Python)

- A strong team player who also has the ability to work independently

- Active DOD Secret Clearance


Salary Range: $106,500 USD - $159,700 USD
Salary Range 2: $132,100 USD - $198,100 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.