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Principal Systems Engineer – Radar Mode Development (up to $15K Sign-On Bonus)

Requisition ID: R10083123

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Linthicum, MD, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available 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: 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 has an opening for a Radar Mode Development Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals at our Linthicum/ Baltimore, MD campus.  This position requires ~100% on-site work and an ability to pass an enhanced security review.

How You Will Make a Difference at Northrop Grumman:

As the lead developer of RF sensors for some of the most advanced systems in the U.S. arsenal, Northrop Grumman is a world leader in advanced sensor systems and design. These include radars for air dominance platforms (such as the F-22, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F-16), bomber and strike programs (such as B-1B), airborne / maritime / ground-based surveillance missions (E-3 AWACS, E-7 MESA, TPS-80 G/ATOR and UAV systems such as Global Hawk), as well as restricted programs and missions. Learn more about the radar systems that our team has developed at

We offer the opportunity to join a team to help solve issues from the field and drive new solutions into next generation radar systems and air superiority platforms. Northrop Grumman’s Airborne Multifunction Systems (AMS) Systems Engineering, Integration and Test (SEIT) organization has a need for a Principal Radar Systems Engineer supporting the design, development, integration and verification on some of our most advanced RF sensors. Northrop Grumman prioritizes mentoring and growth for our engineering team, successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with industry-leading sensor and system architects with 20+ years of industry experience to build their career in radar systems.

Roles & Responsibilities:

This position is primarily engaged in the development and fielding of radar modes for advanced multi-function RF subsystems. Key modes of operation include synthetic aperture radar for ground imaging applications, electronic protection to defeat the most advanced adversary electronic attack, long-range search and track waveforms to provide critical situational awareness to our customers. Early in the system lifecycle, systems engineers develop parametric representations, visualizations and data driven analysis to support sensor requirements definition and use case validation.

Progressing past analysis and design, Northrop Grumman Radar Systems Engineers also support the integration of radar modes from digital simulation environments to radar lab s to our on-site fleet of specially modified test aircraft. Throughout this process, Radar Systems Engineers engage with our customers to balance their functional and performance requirements with other sensor functionality to enable true multi-function operation.

At the Principal Engineer level, a systems engineer will work with only general oversight from advisory engineers and mentors to independently solve technical challenges. Principal engineers have frequent interface across discipline and organizational boundaries as well as customer interaction through presentations and working group meetings.

Key Traits for Success in this Role: 

  • A desire to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to problems
  • Independence and a sense of ownership of one’s work
  • Dedication to excellence in technical execution
  • A desire to learn and excel in mode development (MATLAB, python), sensor systems engineering, and technical writing.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Active DoD Secret security clearance prior to starting
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, Math, or other related technical curriculum with at least 5 years of related experience (see position summary), or 3 years related experience with a Master's Degree, or 0 years with a PhD.
  • Experience with MATLAB or equivalent programming/analysis languages
  • Experience with RF signals processing

Preferred Qualifications:

  • DoD Top Secret Clearance
  • Previous experience with radar waveform, digital beamforming, adaptive processing or algorithm development.
  • Master's Degree including electives in radar signal processing
  • Domain experience in sensor simulations for RF sensors

Northrop Grumman Benefits and Work Environment

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, you would be eligible for our robust benefits package (see for more details) including:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage
  • 401(k), including Employer Contributions
  • Educational Assistance
  • Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions
  • Paid Time Off
  • Health & Wellness Resources
  • Employee Discounts

Northrop Grumman strives to offer a balanced work environment for our team members. This position's 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. Other work schedules are frequently accommodated and may be arranged to support, for example, an employee's family commitments.


Salary Range: $96,900 USD - $145,300 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.