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Northrop Grumman Sonar/Acoustic Engineer (Casual Technical Professional) in Annapolis, Maryland

At the heart of Defining Possible is our commitment to missions. In rapidly changing global security environments, Northrop Grumman brings informed insights and software-secure technology to enable strategic planning. We're looking for innovators who can help us keep building on our wide portfolio of secure, affordable, integrated, and multi-domain systems and technologies that fuel those missions. By joining in our shared mission, we'll support yours of expanding your personal network and developing skills, whether you are new to the field or an industry thought-leader. At Northrop Grumman, you'll have the resources, support, and team to do some of the best work of your career.

Our Sonar Engineering team is seeking dependable individuals adept at working in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment and are interested in expanding their horizons. Our Sonar Innovation Lab needs someone with advanced skills in underwater transducer design, fabrication and test. This individual will be accustomed to leveraging FEA multiphysics simulation tools, Matlab signal processing and acoustic test facilities as well as operate as an integral part of the design and implementation process.

This individual will be responsible for continuing the development and focused application of our µSAS™ product line, a fully embedded, interferometric, synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) boasting very low SWaP and real time beamforming. Additional responsibilities will involve supporting legacy SONAR systems, leading troubleshooting, repair, manufacture and designing system upgrades. The ideal candidate will quickly become a key contributor to internal and customer funded R&D efforts pushing underwater transducer technology forward by incorporating the latest industry advances in materials and processing techniques.

Tasks will included guiding existing technology into adjacent opportunities and continuing to improve the performance of the SONAR product lines. Individual will also ensure integrated designs are ready for manufacture, for engineering follow through production addressing issues that arise within cost and schedule constraints, and for factory acceptance testing (FAT), both bench-level and within an Acoustic Test Facility. Once through FAT, this individual may be asked to travel to participate in field integration and characterization testing. Familiarity with sonar/sensor data analysis and interpretation of data against requirements is encouraged.

This position will be located at our Annapolis, MD facility.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering, Mechanical or Materials Engineering with coursework in Underwater Acoustics or extensive experience in related field

  • 9+ years of relevant experience with a Bachelors; 7+ years wth a Masters; 4+ years with PhD

  • Experience designing, fabricating and testing underwater transducers

  • Fundamental Electrical or Mechanical design experience

  • Design experience using 3D modeling tools

  • Use FEA Multiphysics simulation as an integral part of the design process

  • System performance modeling and signal processing using Matlab

  • Eligibility to obtain a US Government Security Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in custom piezoelectric transducer design

  • Design, production, test and deployment experience with tactical SONAR systems preferred.

  • Expertise in system modeling, array and transducer multi-physics FEA simulations and performance predictions.

  • Skilled in component and system design using Siemens NX

  • Advanced skills in ANSYS or COMSOL Multiphysics FEA Systems

  • Active Secret or Top Secret Clearance (w/SSBI and Poly)

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