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RF Backplane Design Engineer

Requisition ID: R10066567

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% 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.


Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

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:

  • Design backplanes for moderate to complex systems according to design requirements outlined by customers and Mechanical and Electrical engineers.
  • Prepare backplane PCB designs based on customer input/customer specifications or industry standards (VITA)
  • Participate in design review meetings Requirements:
  • Design circuits for various applications Interface with Signal integrity specialist and follow guidelines provided to ensure compliance to highspeed PCB layout requirements
  • Prepare backplane schematics, review PCB layout check plots and associate artwork files
  • Check backplane designs for accuracy and ensure compliance to industry standards Interface with customers during the design phase to resolve open issues during design reviews
  • Partner with PCB fab shop to resolve open issues and ensure DFM
  • Collaborate with manufacturing and testing personnel as needed to ensure assembly of product to documentation provided

Basic Qualifications:

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

  • Electrical Engineering or related STEM field degree: Bachelor of Science or Master of Science or PhD degree
  • 5 or more years of proven experience as a designer and Electrical Engineer in a backplane industry
  • Proficiency in Mentor Expedition
  • Experienced in backplane/PCB design, circuit design experience for high-current and high-speed applications
  • Understanding of fundamentals of electronics, mechanical requirements and drawings, DFM rules
  • Proficiency in backplane design-related VITA standards
  • Take all design aspects of product development from concept to production including modification of layouts, testing and working with engineering staff
  • Must have knowledge of signal integrity principles
  • Experience with rigid-flex-rigid PCB design is a considered a plus
  • US Citizenship is required
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Security Clearance

Salary Range: $81,000 USD - $121,600 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.