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EW / RF Sr. Staff Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10098037

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions 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.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems has an opening for a Sr. Staff Systems Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals at our Linthicum/ Baltimore, MD campus.  This position requires a Security Clearance to be obtained prior to starting in the role.

This position requires expertise and interest in defining and developing advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) systems. The selected engineer will work directly with internal and external customers to define architectures, derive requirements, trade alternatives, identify and perform analyses, and work across technical disciplines within the larger program applications. The successful candidate will have familiarity with both active and passive systems to perform detection, tracking, geolocation, jamming and similar sensing and exploitation activities. To be most successful, this expertise should span the development lifecycle, from concept development to demonstration systems and through to deliverable systems and operation. Mode/Skill definition/execution, performance/range computations, and small team leadership are of particular interest for this role. Performs technical planning, system integration, verification and validation, cost and risk, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for total systems.

Position is primarily in execution of airborne systems. Qualified candidates may also be considered for roles across warfighting functions and branches to include airborne, surface and undersea mission sets.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate directly with internal and external leadership, both technical and programmatic
  • Translate customer concepts into achievable physical and digital systems
  • Define system trades, then recommend and implement strategies to down select approaches for EW solutions based on mission understanding
  • Be willing and able to act as the technical authority for the program
  • Understand domain-specific limitations and expectations for mission success

Basic Qualifications:

  • A degree in Physics, Math, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering or a related technical field and:
    • 17+ years of experience with a Bachelor’s Degree
    • 15+ years of experience with a Master’s Degree
    • 13+ years of experience with a PhD
  • 4+ years of experience in technical leadership for RF/EW systems, focused on successfully delivering systems to customer(s)
  • 10+ years of experience in RF/EW applications, including model development/application in Matlab, Python, and/or C/C++, tracking, algorithm integration and development
  • 6+ years of experience in RF, ES and/or EA applications
  • 8+ years of experience in developing and implementing novel systems
  • Excellent communication skills for both in-person and written content
  • Experience engaging directly with internal and external technical and programmatic representatives
  • Outstanding problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Willingness and ability to work onsite and more than 80% within a closed area at the Baltimore campus
  • Ability to assimilate new concepts quickly and independently
  • Active Secret Clearance and SAP accesses

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated history of personnel development and successful team engagement
  • Interest in and track record of providing successful mentorship
  • Ability to work across multiple geographically separated campuses
  • Familiarity with RF sensing modalities
  • Current Top Secret, SCI, and/or SAP accesses

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, 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  

This positions standard work schedule is a 9/80. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off. 


Salary Range: $149,000 USD - $223,400 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.