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Principal/Sr. Principal Electrical Engineer – Digital (FPGA/RTL)

Requisition ID: R10101993

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: San Diego, CA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: Any (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

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.

As an Electrical / Digital Engineer at Northrop Grumman you will have a challenging and rewarding opportunity to be a part of our Enterprise-wide digital transformation. Through the use of Model-based Engineering, DevSecOps and Agile practices we continue to evolve how we deliver critical national defense products and capabilities for the warfighter.  Our success is grounded in our ability to embrace change, move quickly and continuously drive innovation.  The successful candidate will be collaborative, open, transparent, and team-oriented with a focus on team empowerment & shared responsibility, flexibility, continuous learning, and a culture of automation.

At the Northrop Grumman San Diego campus our Advanced Digital Design organization creates the next generation of communications and signal processing systems and will take ideas from concept to working systems aboard the world’s most advanced platforms. We design in our campus of labs and on-site advanced manufacturing just minutes from the beach and everything for which Southern California is famous.

This is work that matters and a career that can take you places. If you have hands-on experience in FPGA Development or Verification with VHDL, apply today.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for research, design, and development for digital designs associated with multi-function software defined radios, as well as automated test equipment

  • Work with evaluation boards to test proposed designs

  • Support the implementation of digital FPGA hardware architecture and algorithms

  • Collaborate with Systems Engineering to ensure firmware design meets system level requirements

  • Review designs and analysis

This is a dual level requisition which can be filled as a Principal Digital Engineer or Sr Principal Digital Engineer

Basic Qualifications: Principal Digital Engineer

  • 5 years of relevant professional experience with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline; 3 years with Masters; 0 years with a PhD

Basic Qualifications: Sr. Principal Digital Engineer

  • ​9 years of relevant professional experience with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline; 7 years with Masters; 4 years with a PhD

Basic Qualifications for Principal and Sr. Principal Digital Engineer

  • Must have hands on experience with VHDL (or similar tool i.e. Verilog) within the past 3 years

  • Clearance: Candidate must be able to obtain a DoD Secret Clearance; US Citizenship is required in order to obtain and maintain security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with DSP, MATLAB, and SimuLink

  • Experience with VHDL design for Software Defined Radios

  • Experience with AMD/Xilinx 7 series (Zynq, Kintex and Ultrascale) family of devices.

  • Experience with Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Tools: Vivado, Quartus, QuestaSim.

  • Knowledgeable in FPGA physical constraints and achieving timing closure.

  • Experience with board or system level debug using test equipment such as oscilloscopes and logic analyzers.

  • Generation of Test Benches and support of formal VHDL Verification


Salary Range: $115,200 USD - $172,800 USD
Salary Range 2: $142,800 USD - $214,200 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.