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RF Design Engineer/ Principal RF Design Engineer

Requisition ID: R10056371

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions Available: 3

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 Mission Systems (NGMS) sector delivers a decisive advantage to its customers through software-defined, hardware-enabled solutions. The Electrical Assembly Design & Verification section in Linthicum, MD enables these hardware solutions by providing RF microwave and mixed signal architecture, design, verification, and support expertise across a wide variety electronic sensor products. Our engineers work on complex, leading edge, high reliability electronics supporting maritime, ground, airborne, and space platforms.

What You Will Do:

NGMS is seeking engineers with experience and interest in electronic assembly and packaging design including:

  • Designing, modeling, and verifying RF, microwave, and mixed signal subsystem assemblies
  • Utilize analysis, simulations and prototyping to develop antenna designs including phased arrays
  • Deriving and trading requirements with subsystem engineers and component level designers
  • Managing RF budgets, frequency planning, and common assembly level interfaces
  • Predicting assembly level performance through selecting materials, components, and packaging approaches, RF chain analysis, electromagnetic simulation, data collection and analysis, and other modeling techniques
  • Working directly with component level design peers developing custom RF integrated circuit designs to meet assembly-level requirements
  • Collaborating with peer functions such as Mechanical, Manufacturing, Quality, Supply Chain, and Test
  • Utilizing world class manufacturing capabilities both on-site and within the broader company for prototyping through full rate production from the foundry level to microelectronic packaging to printed circuit board fabrication and assembly to subsystem level integration and test
  • Working directly with a wide variety of different external supplier partners including leading domestic foundries, printed circuit board fabricators and assemblers, component manufacturers, material fabricators, and more
  • Supporting products throughout the product life cycle
  • RF and mixed signal product types include antenna radiators, circulators, device interposers, filters, manifolds, receiver / exciter assemblies, signal conditioning assemblies, signal generators, and transmit / receive assemblies

Basic Qualifications:

This position may be filled at either the RF Engineer, Level T02, or RF Principal Engineer, Level T03

RF Engineer, Level T02

  • Electrical Engineering or related STEM field degree: Bachelor of Science with 2 years of RF/microwave experience or a Master’s degree
  • US Citizenship is required
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Security Clearance
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Productive in a team working environment

RF Principal Engineer, Level T03

  • Electrical Engineering or related STEM field degree: Bachelor of Science with 5 years of RF/microwave experience; Master’s degree with 3 years of RF/microwave experience; or PhD degree
  • US Citizenship is required
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Security Clearance
  • Proven knowledge of electrical engineering design software and equipment
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Productive in a team working environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Secret or Top Secret / SCI security clearance
  • Industry experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • RF and mixed signal printed circuit board and circuit card assembly level design
    • RF budgeting, frequency planning, RF chain analysis and modeling, schematic capture, electromagnetic simulation, signal integrity analysis
    • Component selection and/or custom component requirements flow down and trades
    • Ceramic and organic printed circuit board materials, design, fabrication, and assembly processes
    • Integrated Circuit packaging techniques including chip-and-wire, QFN, flip-chip
    • RF lab equipment such as network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, signal generators, power meters, etc.
    • Electronic troubleshooting from component to assembly levels
    • Product life cycle support from concept through production support
    • Designing for high reliability, mil/aero requirements and environments
    • AESA / phased array, Radar, SIGINT, or SATCOM experience
    • Software tools: Mentor Xpedition DX Designer, ANSYS HFSS, Keysight ADS, Keysight Genisys, MathWorks MATLAB, Autodesk AutoCAD, and Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Word)

Salary Range: $81,000 USD - $121,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $99,800 USD - $149,800 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.