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Space TS/SCI – Sr. Principal Systems/Electronics Engineer – EMI/EMC (Up to $15K in sign-on bonus!)

Requisition ID: R10112561

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • Location Location: Rolling Meadows, IL, USA   |  Rolling Meadows, IL, USA +1 more
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: SCI
  • 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: 2

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.

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.


Northrop Grumman Payload and Ground Systems has openings for an electromagnetic interference/electromagnetic compatibility engineer (EMI/EMC) subject matter expert to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be hired as a Senior (Sr.) Principal Engineer Electronics. This position will be located in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

The selected candidate will serve as an EMI/EMC domain expert directing EMI/EMC test and analysis efforts on an array of space systems programs.  A primary assignment will focus on the defection and execution of EMI tests of spacecraft systems.  The new member of the team will participate in the definition, analysis, and test verification of EMI/EMC requirements for current and future space vehicle components; analyses of electrical circuits for EMC, including grounding and shielding assessments; and the execution of electric and magnetic field measurements.

Job responsibilities, depending on the individual’s experience, will include:

  • Support EMI/EMC testing in a laboratory setting using and understanding the variety of EMI, RF, and electronics test equipment typically used in these types of tests

  • Investigating EMC test discrepancies and anomalies, and performing failure investigations of electronic, communications , and RF system components and subsystems

  • Troubleshoot EMI issues from board to system level, providing practical, workable solutions for flight projects

  • Participating in design reviews, customer acceptance reviews, test readiness reviews, and other program reviews

  • Analyzing and interpreting circuit schematics, PCB layouts, engineering drawings, bills of material, cable harnesses, wiring schematics, interface diagrams, layout drawings, and mechanical drawings

  • Performing data reduction of complex electromagnetic and radio frequency (RF) analyses and signal integrity assessments

  • Evaluating the EMI performance of electrical and electronic systems

  • Ensure designs meet EMI/EMC requirements


Sign-on bonus for available for eligible candidates who possess an ACTIVE TS/SCI clearance, and an additional sign-on bonus for eligible candidates who possess an active Polygraph.

Basic Qualifications:

  • For Sr. Principal Systems Engineer, BS degree in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) degree with 9+ years (of MS with 7+ years; or PhD with 4+ years) related experience

  • Minimum of 9 years of EMI/EMC requirements, analysis, design, and test experience involving circuits, electromagnetic field theory, Maxwell’s equations, radio frequency (RF) design, cable shielding, magnetics, antennas, and filters.  Experience exceeding the minimum is valued

  • Knowledge of performing EMI/EMC tests such as conducted susceptibility (CS), conducted emissions (CE), radiated susceptibility (RS), and radiated emissions (RE)

  • Previous work experience with MIL-STD-461 or similar standards

  • Able and willing to teach and mentor others in your area of specialty, especially project personnel who may not be EMI/EMC experts

  • Strong work ethic and the ability to work in an integrated product team (IPT) environment

  • Must be flexible, open to new challenges in a dynamic environment, and possess strong technical expertise combined with strong verbal and written communication skills 

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities with little supervision

  • Must be a highly responsible, team-oriented individual with strong work ethic

  • Active or Current Top Secret Clearance is required to be considered

  • Must have ability to obtain SCI level accesses

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced Degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math)

  • Excellent decision making and communication skills both verbal and written

  • Advanced experience with EMI/EMC testing and analysis of space systems programs

  • Experience with interfacing with client and presenting technical data to the client

  • Agile development experience a plus

  • Ability and willingness to travel

  • Active Top Secret Clearance with SCI & polygraph is preferred


This position reports to Rolling Meadows, IL, USA, however, this position can also be worked from Rolling Meadows, IL, IL, USA.

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.