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Staff Environmental Controls and Life Support Systems Engineer in Space and Satellite Systems 5 (Dulles, VA, Gilbert, AZ or Houston Texas) – Virtual-Only considered

Requisition ID: R10040750

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • Location Location: Dulles, VA, USA   |  Gilbert, AZ, USA  |  Unknown City, AZ, USA  |  Houston, TX, USA  |  Unknown City, TX, USA  |  Unknown City, VA, USA +5 more
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Full Time Teleworking for this position
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

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.

We are seeking an Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Engineer within the Tactical Space Division at Northrop Grumman Space Systems. This position offers the opportunity to work on exciting space flight programs designed to further Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) in Low Earth Orbit and beyond to the Moon and Mars.

This position may be performed in Dulles, VA, Gilbert, AZ, or Houston, Texas. We may also offer candidates the ability to telecommute.

The ECLSS Engineer is responsible for working on a multi-disciplined team of engineers to develop, design, integrate, analyze and oversee the production, test and operation of ECLSS Air Revitalization, Pressure Control Systems, Ventilation, and/or Water and Waste Water Controls solutions for manned spacecraft systems.

The ECLSS Engineer is responsible for key ECLS System deliverables as part of an Integrated Team for various programs, following the direction and results of a multi-disciplined engineering development of the space system architecture & elements of for flight program deliverables or new business concepts and proposals.

The ECLSS Engineer position is expected to be self-directed using previous experience to help lead Space craft and/or Mission design and analysis efforts, Mission Operations and Ground Segment development, or Specialty Systems Engineering Analysis. Candidates must be able to recognize and mitigate instrument, spacecraft, ground segment, and mission technical issues while ensuring their assigned program is operating within budget and on schedule.


  • Provide support to all or select programs for the ECLSS Functional team

  • Lead and critique space vehicle and/or ground segment design and analysis efforts

  • Conceive and develop solutions to complex analytical, design, and test problems 

  • Technical management of subcontracted program elements

  • Support contractual space segment technical reviews

  • Write status and technical performance reviews and reports

Basic Requirements for Staff ECLSS Engineer 5:

  • BS in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math discipline with a minimum of 14 years of industry experience; MS Degree with 12 years of industry experience; or a PhD with 9 years of experience.

  • Experience with Air Revitalization, Water and/or Waste processing systems, or Pressurized Control System hardware as can be applied to spaceflight applications.

  • Ability to develop verification and validation plans.

  • Ability to develop and manage hardware interfaces to integrate within a spacecraft design.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of ECLSS designs within a space environment.

  • Ability to support identification and mitigation of program level risks relating to ECLSS design

  • US Citizenship is required for this position

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience interfacing with any of the following fields: Command and Data Handling design and development / Electrical design at a card, component, cabling or interfaces/Software design and development.

  • Experience in development and maintenance of interface control documents.

  • Experience in spaceflight hardware testing and evaluation.

This position reports to Dulles, VA, USA, however, you are able to work from any of the additional 5 locations listed above.

Salary Range: $122,500 USD - $212,800 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.