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Principal Systems Engineer (Electro-Optical and Infrared )

Requisition ID: R10088991

  • 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: 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.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems has an opening for a Principal 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.

The selected engineer will perform as a member of an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists on a range of project assignments to develop innovative solutions to advanced technical problems. You will develop and apply mathematical models for simulation and analysis of Electro-Optical and Infrared (EOIR) systems and may have the ability to demonstrate those models on flight demonstrations, in lab environments, and in customer applications.

Initial expectations include:

•    Experience with EOIR signal processing algorithms and software development, testing, and troubleshooting

•    Familiarity documenting designs and test results

•    Designing, testing, implementing, and analyzing EOIR signal processing algorithms and software

•    Building and/or executing prototypes, simulations, and systems for testing

•    Conducting and/or participating in technical design reviews of requirements, specifications, designs, etc.

Future responsibilities may include:

•    Supporting proposal teams and working with customers on product definition

•    Developing and executing design plans, design verification and validation

•    Leading a multidisciplinary team of 2-3 engineers

•    Presenting results to customers, both internal and external

Basic Qualifications:

  • A degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Software or Computer Engineering, with:
    • Bachelor’s Degree and 5-8 years of experience
    • Master’s Degree and 3-6 years of experience
    • PhD and 0-3 years of experience
    • Degrees in related fields may be considered
  • Experience with Agile and Dev*Ops execution
  • Ability to write and debug embedded software, including systems design and development
  • Knowledge of C++ and/or equivalent programming languages
  • Knowledge of GPU development
  • Good Problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Good verbal and written communications skills for presentation of technical approaches, work performed, results, and findings
  • Willing and able to work onsite and more than 60% within a closed area at the Baltimore campus
  • Ability to assimilate new concepts quickly and independently
  • Secret Clearance Eligibility, U.S. Citizenship is a pre-requisite 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Windows and Linux operating systems
  • Familiarity with calibration/radiometric operations, digital image processing algorithms, and/or coordination transformations and reference frames
  • Ability to lead discussions between multidisciplinary teams to define and drive scope and clarity of work
  • Ability to engage with senior stakeholders
  • 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: $99,800 USD - $149,800 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.