Principal/Sr Principal RF Engineer (Active/Final 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/Sr Principal RF Engineer to join our team. This position would be based in the Aurora, Colorado area.

This role designs, develops, integrates, and tests radio frequency (RF) and/or microwave systems architecture, or products.

Job responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Support architecture trades, design analysis, and performance.

  • Provide systems engineering support to hardware developments for ground systems utilizing state-of-the-art antenna, RF, and digital technologies.

  • Project roles span all phases of the product development cycle, from new business acquisitions to established programs delivering integrated hardware and software systems.

  • Systems engineering activities include system architecture design, trade studies, specification development, requirement definition and allocation, performance analysis, and simulation, system modeling and simulation tool development, and support to hardware design, manufacturing, integration, and testing.

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

This requisition may be filled at either a level 3 or a level 4, depending on the candidate's experience as laid out in the basic qualifications detailed below as well as the interview assessment.

Basic Qualifications

Level 3:

  • Level 3: (Principal level)

  • 5 Years of relevant experience with a completed Bachelor's-STEM degree; 3 Years of relevant experience with a completed Masters's-STEM degree; 0 Years of relevant experience with a completed PhD- STEM [completed STEM degree is required to be considered for this role]

  • Level 4: (Sr Principal level)

  • 9 Years of relevant experience with a completed Bachelor's-STEM degree; 7 Years of relevant experience with a completed Masters's-STEM degree; 4 Years of relevant experience with a completed PhD- STEM [completed STEM degree is required to be considered for this role]

  • Must have an Active/Final TS/SCI DoD security clearance

  • Experience with RF and digital hardware design

  • Experience with Baseband and digital signal processing

  • Experience with Waveform design

  • Experience with Signal detection and estimation

  • Experience with communication systems and networking

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with RF budgeting, frequency planning, RF chain analysis and modeling, schematic capture, electromagnetic simulation, signal integrity analysis

  • Component selection and/or custom component requirements flow down and trades

  • RF lab equipment such as network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, signal generators, power meters, etc.

  • Electronic troubleshooting from component to assembly levels

  • Product life cycle support from concept through production support

  • Designing for high reliability, mil/aero requirements, and environments

  • Software tools: Mentor Xpedition DX Designer, ANSYS HFSS, Keysight ADS, Keysight Genisys, MathWorks MATLAB, Autodesk AutoCAD, and Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Word)

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: $99,800 - $149,800

Salary Range 2: $123,800 - $185,800

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.

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.