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Staff Engineer: Guidance Navigation and Control (GNC) – Space / Satellite Systems (Dulles, VA)

Requisition ID: R10096698

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Dulles, VA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: Not Applicable (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.

We have an opening for a Staff Engineer: GNC to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Tactical Space organization. This position will be located in Dulles, VA.

Spacecraft GNC Hardware Engineer Summary/Responsibilities:

This is a hardware position and focuses on the procurement, integration, and testing of GNC flight hardware components.  NGSP GNC is procuring, designing, building, integrating, and testing spacecraft components for a mix of DoD, NASA, and commercial customers. We are leaders in innovative solutions to the rapidly growing/evolving fields of space based autonomous rendezvous and docking and rapid design/production of small satellites. We are seeking a highly talented and ambitious hardware Engineer to procure, integrate, and test GNC components to ensure that they will meet our spacecraft requirements. The hardware engineer will work within the GNC subsystem team and under the supervision of the GNC subsystem lead.

A spacecraft GNC component engineer is expected to:

  • Perform GNC component trade studies (including make/buy trades and supplier identification/research). These components may include but are not limited to star trackers, lidars, GPS receivers, sun sensors, reaction wheels, IR cameras, inertia reference units and space based visible cameras
  • Work with the subcontracts/supply chain team as the technical lead to manage procurements, documentation, and design reviews
  • Work closely with multiple suppliers (domestic and international) to monitor procurement, manufacturing, and testing
  • Work closely across multiple subsystems, and present to managers and customers relevant GNC component data and/or reports.  Communication is a critical element of your role.
  • Be able to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Lead the effort between the component supplier, program, and subsystems to close out component related test failures and issues as they occur
  • Travel to and support launch site activities
  • Create and test component level scripts to verify the functionality of GNC components and work with team to integrate the components into the spacecraft
  • Be flexible with shift work during different phases of the program

All GNC engineers are expected to:

  • Apply engineering principles, industry standards, company process, and knowledge of vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics, propulsion, classical/modern control, and estimation theory to perform tasks to advanced program/project goals
  • Document designs, analysis, and test results and create presentation materials
  • Present designs, analysis, reviews, and test results to internal and external customers
  • Work well within small- to medium-sized groups
  • Possess strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills with strong project leadership skills

Experience working with the following components are strongly recommended:

  • GPS Receivers
  • Reaction Wheels
  • Star Trackers
  • Analog Sun Sensors
  • Inertial Measurement/Reference Units
  • LIDARs
  • Cameras

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS degree in aerospace, engineering, physics, or math with 14 years of experience on hardware related projects; or MS degree with 12 years of experience; or PhD with 9 years of experience
  • Strong understanding of electrical and mechanical systems
  • CAM / EVMS experience
  • Proficiency in MATLAB/Simulink, C/C++ or Python
  • Experience in spacecraft GNC subsystem design, analysis, and testing
  • US citizenship

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD degree in engineering, physics, or math
  • Current TS/SCI Clearance preferred

The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft.  We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA’s Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants.  Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components. 

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:


Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)

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Salary Range: $161,000 USD - $241,400 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.