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Principal Systems Engineer (RF Electronics)

Requisition ID: R10072129

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Cincinnati, OH, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: SCI
  • 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 the Engineering team at Northrop Grumman Xetron, part of the Mission Systems sector, focused on development of new capabilities for our military and intelligence customers around the globe.  Northrop Grumman engineers are motivated by a deep desire to blaze new trails.  We enable our engineering teams to be technically excellent, design systems on the cutting edge, and explore capabilities that seem like they couldn't be done.  We are defining what’s possible. 

At our Cincinnati location, you will work in an environment that has a true small company culture.  Our variety of smaller projects wrestle with the latest, most challenging problems.  Our small teams work closely together in an atmosphere of collaboration and cooperation, sharing their expertise while also learning from other.  We share the challenge and success of each project and ensure our engineers are supported and challenged across programs. Having a variety of projects ensures consistent work for our engineering organization. 

We are seeking a cleared or clearable Principal Systems Engineer with a background in Electronic RF Hardware Design for a critical role as a key contributor and leader on hardware development teams. If you are always looking for the next problem to solve, this is the role for you. 

Essential Duties:

  • Drive the successful technical completion of projects.

  • Understand each project mission and architect the systems our teams are creating.

  • Be directly aware of and contribute to technical work while also ensuring the team is meeting requirements and documenting designs to demonstrate success.

  • Help guide our engineers from requirements through design and build, and finally through delivery and deployment.

  • Create novel solutions for challenging missions supporting our Nation as second to none!


  • Projects range from RF hardware and SIGINT sensor systems to Electronic Warfare.

  • Most emphasize requirements for low size, weight, and power (SWAP) while functioning within extreme environments.

  • Novel RF waveforms

  • RF domains covering VHF through microwave frequencies 



Basic Qualifications: 

• Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering, other relevant engineering, Science or related discipline with 5 years of engineering experience; or Master's with 3 years of engineering experience; or PhD with 0 years of engineering experience.

• This position requires significant experience in two or more of the following:

Systems Architecture of complex sensor or comms systems, circuit card to fully integrated systems

    ○ RF Performance Modeling and simulation 

    ○ Integrated circuit and electronics design of RF or sensor systems 

    ○ Experience in RF or sensors hardware design 

    ○ Requirements derivation & flow down

    ○ Team Leadership in a Development Environment

• US Citizenship and an active Top Secret Clearance with the ability to obtain an SCI clearance. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

• Active Top Secret Clearance with SCI eligibility

• Master’s / PhD in a relevant field

• Novel RF waveform design 

• RF domain experience covering VHF through microwave frequencies 

• Significant technical contribution in RF hardware (receivers and transmitters), DSP design, RF communication, signal collection, and/or EW programs 

• Experience in designing complex system architectures 

• Experience with the challenges in designing hardware systems to survive in harsh environments including terrestrial, airborne, and space 

• Experience in SWAP design challenges 

• Systems integration testing 

• Verification and Validation 

• Leading system and/or subsystem design with direct involvement 

This position offers the option of a 9/80 work schedule. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work nine-hour days Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off. 

Salary Range: $95,000 USD - $142,000 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.