Principal Communications Systems Engineer (Current TS/SCI required**) Aurora, CO

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.

The Payload and Ground Systems, a division within Northrop Grumman's Space Systems Sector is known for pushing the boundaries of innovation, redefining engineering capabilities, and driving advances in various sciences through cutting edge technology. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, and innovative technologies to develop, design, produce, and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission.

Northrop Grumman is seeking a Principal RF Communications Systems Engineer to join our team. This position would be based in the Aurora, Colorado area.

This role analyzes, models, designs and simulates communications systems, subsystems, and algorithms for communication networks, data links, digital radio, battle management, and command and control systems such as wide and local area networks, point-to-point systems, secure systems, signal coding and modulation schema, digital radio/communications technology and network architecture design.

This position requires being onsite and does not support remote or hybrid work.

Basic Qualifications

  • 5 Years of relevant experience with a completed Bachelor's degree; 3 Years of relevant experience with a completed Masters's degree; 0 Years of relevant experience with a completed PhD; 9+ years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of completed degree

  • Must have an Active/Current TS/SCI security clearance

  • Experience working with RF systems and RF Ranges: L/S-band and K/Ka-band

  • Knowledge of SATCOM modulation methods and applicability of Forward Error Correction (FEC)

  • Knowledge of linking Budget and Performance calculations to include Gains/Losses/EIRP/PSD/GT/SNR/EB/NO

  • Knowledge of SATCOM equipment including, but not limited to, antennas, HPAs/SSPAs, up/down-converters, LNAs, and modems

  • Knowledge of SATCOM signal dynamics including modulation, error correction, and associated signal generation equipment. Familiarity performing link-budget analysis

  • Experience with troubleshooting systems hardware and software

  • Ability to react quickly in a dynamic environment

  • Collaborate working in a team environment

  • Ability to communicate technical approaches and details within small project teams, including team interaction and presentation.

  • Knowledge of parabolic antennas and use for LEO/MEO/GEO applications

  • Familiarization of ITU, FCC and other universally accepted standards and recommendations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with computer networks

  • Familiarity with Linux Command Line Interface

  • Digital Signal Processing (e.g., A/D & D/A converters)

  • Satellite Dynamics and TT+C Links

  • Strong understanding of RF/satellite communication and antenna theory/principles

  • Data analysis skills

  • Experience developing ground terminals for LEO/MEO/GEO SATCOM systems

  • Military experience or working in a military environment

  • DoD Test experience

  • Working knowledge of current DoD Space Control systems

  • Security + certification for data transfer responsibilities

To better support our employee's work/life balance, most NG worksites support a 9/80 work schedule. The 9/80 schedule allows employees to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off. This schedule or other work-hour flexibility options can be determined upon hire.

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. #definingpossible

Salary Range: $90,600 - $136,000

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.

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