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Principal/ Sr Principal Polymer Scientist

Requisition ID: R10110420

  • CategoryCategory: Research and Sciences
  • LocationLocation: Corinne, UT, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • 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: 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.

Northrop Grumman’s Space Systems - Propulsion Division is looking for a Principal/ Sr Principal Polymer Scientist to join our Research & Development team in our Promontory, UT offices.   

Role description & Responsibilities:

The Research Scientist is responsible for executing strong research and problem solving capability in an R&D and production support organization.  This individual will provide technical expertise and consultation on a variety of material issues, including material selection, supply chain support, failure investigation, material formulation, and production/facilities support.  This position is focused but not limited to supporting research and development of polymers, resins, and/or adhesives for usage in rocket motors.

Job Duties:   

  • Leading or supporting failure investigations

  • Production support and material testing for a variety of programs at PS and other NG locations 

  • Design of subscale components, test specimens, and fixtures

  • Write instructions/planning for execution of fabrication, assembly, and testing

  • Material selection and characterization

  • Review of material and production specifications  

  • Presentation of data and recommendations to internal and external customers

  • Coordinate and schedule work through multiple organizations

  • Formulation of new materials   

Experience Requirements: 

  • A qualified candidate for this position should have experience relevant to this position, including:

  • Demonstrated ability with a variety of polymers  

  • Candidate must be able to obtain a clearance

Experience Preferred: 

  • Knowledge of polymer mixing, polymer fabrication, and polymer formulation

  • Significant Chemistry and Chemical analysis knowledge

  • Experience with aerospace materials and processing specifications  

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Experience with laboratory procedures and knowledge of safety requirements

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills


  • Advanced degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, or other related field required and 5 Years with BS; 3 Years with Masters; 0 Years with PhD

  • Position can be filled one level higher, 9 Years with BS; 7 Years with Masters; 4 Years with PhD

Salary Range: $90,400 USD - $135,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $112,000 USD - $168,000 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.