Principal/ Sr. Principal Engineer SoftwareAurora, 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.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems Sector is looking for you to join our team as a Principal Software Engineer or Senior Principal Software Engineer located in Aurora, CO.

What We Need and What You'll Get to Do:

We are in need of experienced engineers who have a strong background in math, electrical engineering with a solid understanding of communications and signal processing and should have an understanding of software development for the purposes of developing, debugging and testing algorithms/software for either pre-d (signal detection/characterization) and/or post-d (geolocation) signal processing.

Existing legacy baselines will need to be studied and understood. Code base will need to be modernized and engineering analysis will be required to:

  • Improve upon new and different types of data being processed

  • Improve upon current time-frequency signal processing techniques

  • Maintain data clustering, extension, merging, characterization, defragmentation, and geolocation processing of data processing systems.

Our small agile team is highly energized and has a significant software effort on a growing program with a large program impact. If this is your type of work and environment, please consider joining our team. This is a great opportunity for a flexible self-starter to work in a dynamic environment with real world technical content supporting a number of tools and systems.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Active TS/SCI with CI poly required to apply and start work.

  • Principal Engineer Software: Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, Computer Science or other STEM related degree with 5 + years of software development experience; 3+ years with a Master's; 0 years with a PhD; 4 additional years of relative experience may be considered in lieu of degree.

  • Senior Principal Engineer Software: Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, Computer Science or other STEM related degree with 9+ years of software development experience; 7+ years with a Master's; 4 years with a PhD; 4 additional years of relative experience may be considered in lieu of degree.

  • Strong mathematical background.

  • Able to work with a legacy code base to gain understanding of functionality and then be able to make modification to suit needs of our mission.

  • Working knowledge of modern radar principles and radar systems.

  • Basic understanding of communications and signal processing and the concepts associated with SNR.

  • Capable of performing engineering analysis, design, implementation, testing and troubleshooting associated with large development efforts, to maintain large baselines and have exposure to modernizing legacy software systems.

  • Coding experience in Java or C++/C in a Linux development environment.

  • Understanding of the use of Ant and Make files and how to modify them.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong mathematical background with a basic understanding of Time Frequency Transforms, specifically the Short Time Fourier Transform (STFT) will be beneficial.

  • Familiarity with probability and statistics, specifically comparing and combining sets of data maintaining data clustering.

  • Understanding and direct experience in developing and improving algorithms that detect and characterize signals or in the ability to predict a geolocation.

  • Familiarization with industry standard tools (STE, X-Midas, etc.) and common data formats (raw I/Q, Midas blue or Platinum, vita-49 or VRT etc.).

  • Knowledge of object-oriented design, software lifecycles and modern-day software development practices. Capable of maintaining the stability of large code bases and modernizing legacy systems.

  • Exposure to Agile practices.

  • Strong troubleshooting skillset and capable of debugging complex systems and problems.

Salary Range: $102,400 - $153,600

Salary Range 2: $127,000 - $190,600

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

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 application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.