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Space Radar Sr. Principal Systems Engineer (up to $25K Sign-On Bonus)

Requisition ID: R10104991

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Linthicum, 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: No
  • 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 Space Systems Payload and Ground Systems Division in Linthicum, MD is seeking a senior Radar Systems Engineer to develop radar modes for space radar payloads, including SAR (Synthetic Aperture) and MTI (Moving Target Indicator) modes among other classified modes.

Early in the system lifecycle, systems engineers develop models and conduct analysis to support sensor requirements definition and use case validation.  Progressing past analysis and design, Northrop Grumman Radar Systems Engineers also support the development of radar modes in digital simulation environments (in MATLAB® models of the radar system) through I&T (integration and test), initially on a “mini-Payload” or EDU (engineering development unit), and then onto I&T on the flight hardware, and later for new modes, refinements, performance improvements on operational on-orbit systems.

This position involves Modeling, Simulation and Analysis (MS&A) of advanced radar systems using MATLAB®.  The position also includes analyzing data from the integration, test, and calibration of the payload flight hardware and the verification and validation (V&V) of simulation performance against test data.  Candidates should be highly motivated algorithm developers who can work independently to develop tasking and/or processing algorithms, generate design documentation (algorithm description documents), and support the implementation of the algorithms in flight software and/or processing software by software engineers.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or Mathematics with 9 years of related experience, 7 years with a Master's Degree, or 4 Years with PhD
  • Experience with modeling RF sensor systems in MATLAB®
  • Active Top Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree including electives in radar signal processing
  • Experience in radar signal processing
  • Experience integrating and testing of modes/algorithms on RADAR systems
  • Greater programming experience/expertise in MATLAB®, C/C++, and Python
  • Experience with development and design of space payloads
  • Active TS/SCI clearance


Salary Range: $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.