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Principal/Sr. Principal HPC Applications Engineer

Requisition ID: R10092190

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Magna, UT, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking 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: 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.

NG Space Systems – Propulsion Systems is currently seeking a Principal/Sr. Principal HPC Applications Engineer with experience in modeling & simulation and High Performance Computing (HPC) to manage and develop our Promontory, UT based HPC applications and services.

Description & Responsibilities:

This position oversees the development, operation and administration of HPC systems and support services used by more than 20 different Northrop Grumman business units spanning Space , Defense and Aeronautics sectors.  The position reports to the Science and Engineering organization and coordinates closely with the corporate IT organization. 

Job Duties:

  • Provide adequate HPC capacity and support services for multiple research, development, & production programs across NG

  • Guide development and promote new and existing uses of HPC resources and technologies including CFD, FEA, Computation Chemistry, Design Optimization, Data Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence

  • Provide day to day support (technical/non-technical) & administration of HPC services, including user training, problem resolution, resources & priorities management

  • Manage and direct contractor activities which includes system administration, software installation & troubleshooting, implementing user and resource scheduling policies, evaluating new technology and systems

  • Proactively assess capacity and service needs, develop rationale for changes/upgrades, provide budget input to business & IT leadership

  • Chair the HPC Steering Committee which oversees the service & makes decisions regarding system & policy changes

  • Manage Hardware/Software supplier relationships

  • Work with various internal IT & other groups (networking, finance, supply chain, InfoSec, IT management, facilities) to ensure quality of service, & comply with NG standards and processes

  • Interact with other Northrop Grumman HPC teams for technical interchange,  address common issues, evaluate new and emerging technologies including cloud HPC

Experience Requirements:

  • 5+ years using mathematical modeling & computer simulation methods such as finite element analysis (FEA) or computational fluid dynamics (CFD), in the areas of product design & research

  • Familiarity with HPC technology – Linux clusters, high performance storage, processors, high speed network interconnects, job schedulers

  • Linux/Python scripting & programming knowledge desired


  • Strong skills in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel

  • Fundamental knowledge of Unix/Linux commands & operating systems

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including physical & virtual presentations

  • Project management and organizational skills

Competencies for Success:

  • Familiarity with numerical methods for solving systems of equations on a digital computer (Ex. FEA, CFD, Heat Transfer)

  • People skills are essential for this position as it involves project management activities, chairing the HPC Steering Committee and implementing policies, interaction and involvement with or NG HPC teams and corporate IT groups, facilities groups, hardware/software supplier liaison

  • Problem solving ability when conflicting program priorities arise for HPC capacity. Confidence in interacting with engineering & program managers.

  • Linux scripting, Python, XML knowledge

Educational Requirements:

  • BS degree in Engineering (prefer mechanical/aerospace/civil) 5 experience with BS degree or 3 years’ experience with a MS

  • Position can be filled one level higher, 9 years with BS or 7 with a MS

Salary Range: $87,600 USD - $131,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $108,600 USD - $163,000 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.