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Principal Systems Engineer/Sr Principal Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10086924

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Top Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (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.

The Payload and Ground Systems Division within Northrop Grumman Space Systems is a strategic partner specializing in delivering intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance solutions for classified and unclassified missions in space.  Headquartered in Linthicum, Maryland, PGS RSP has offices, manufacturing, and world-class assembly, integration, and test facilities.  We do it all here, on-site, from sensors to payloads to full up spacecraft, supporting Class A to Class D missions.  Our key capabilities include Active RF, Passive RF, and Electro-Optical payloads, space solar power, cross domain missions, and space resilience payloads & solutions.


This position is for a Principal/ Sr Principal Systems Engineer to join our Remote Sensing Programs, Systems Engineering Integration and Test (RSP SEIT) team.  As a member of this team, you will have the opportunity to support efforts on both concept and product development to deliver key solutions to our customers.  We cover a wide variety of expertise within the systems engineering domain, including CONOPS development, mission engineering, requirements development and management, architecture, modeling and simulation, integration and test, verification and validation, and on-orbit operations and support.


This position will be responsible for:

Electromagnetic Interference/Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMI/EMC) planning

  • Development and updates to test documentation, i.e., test plans, procedures and configuration management of test results

  • Procurement and verification of required testing items

  • Interface with various facets of the Ammolite team, including, but not limited to Electrical & Mechanical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE/MGSE), Environmental, Thermal Vacuum, Maximum Power and Vibration Testing for Space

  • Status any remaining procured and/or manufactured parts


Some initial work will be unclassified while waiting on a security clearance if not already active, but a TS/SCI clearance will be needed to continue and perform all duties for this position.

This requisition can be filled at either a Principal or Sr Principal Level based on the qualifications below.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Principal Engineer: Bachelor's in Electrical, Computer, Systems or other STEM related degrees + 5 years of exp; Master's + 3 years of exp; PhD + 0 years of exp

  • Sr Principal Engineer: Bachelor's in Electrical, Computer, Systems or other STEM related degrees + 9 years of exp; Master's + 7 years of exp; PhD + 4 years of exp

  • Active DoD TS clearance with ability to obtain an SCI.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active TS/SCI clearance

  • Space experience

  • Sensor/payload experience, especially with RADAR or RF Systems

  • Experience in EMI/EMC activities

  • Integration and Test for RADAR or RF Systems and/or Space Payloads

  • Atlassian Tool Suite:  Jira, Bitbucket, and Confluence

Salary Range: $99,800 USD - $149,800 USD
Salary Range 2: $123,800 USD - $185,800 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.