Staff NDT Research Scientist Clearfield, UT

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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Staff Nondestructive Test (NDT) Research Scientist to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in Clearfield, Utah. We support multiple prime contractors for military and commercial programs. Our work protects our country from enemy threats. Are you interested in development of NDT for state-of-the-art composites? Come join us!

You will be a part of an Inspection Development Group responsible for:

  • Development of advanced NDT inspection technologies and sensors including laser ultrasound, phased array ultrasound, air coupled ultrasonic, THz and GHz, thermography, shearography, digital x-ray and computer aided data analysis

  • Design, fabrication, installation and testing of automated inspection systems for internal use

  • Integration of advanced NDT inspection technologies into automated systems and their qualification for the production

  • NDT Support of production programs during their whole life cycle

Responsibilities include:

  • Initiate the design, development, execution and implementation of NDT technology research projects for inspection of composites

  • Investigate the feasibility of applying scientific principles and concepts to potential NDT inventions and products

  • Define and execute NDT research tasks, analyzing data, publishing findings in peer-reviewed journals, and presenting research at scientific conferences

  • Assist in formulation of long-term plans for NDT development at business unit

  • Plans and executes applied research

  • Maintains substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories and may contribute to scientific literature and conferences

  • May participate in development of patent applications

  • May coordinate interdepartmental activities and research efforts

Our team works in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations and significantly diverse assignments. We are comfortable both in a lab environment and on the production floor, and we collaborate closely with research scientists, NDT technicians, test engineers and quality control engineers, program and operation managers, and customers. We're a small group and a close-knit team. Our work is highly dynamic, and our activities will vary from project to project. We are NDT development team integrated within a top tier defense contractor. We are looking for innovators!

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in a relevant Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) discipline and 14 years of relevant experience; OR Master of Science in a relevant STEM discipline and 12 years of relevant experience; OR Ph.D. in a relevant STEM discipline and 9 years of relevant experience

  • Experience as a researcher in the development and implementation of new NDT methods

  • Must have an active DoD Secret or higher clearance (with a background investigation completed within the last 6 years or currently enrolled into Continuous Evaluation)

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as a researcher in development NDT methods for composites

  • Experience as a researcher in NDT topics such as: Ultrasonic, Digital Radiography, Shearography, Thermography, GHz and THz, and X-Ray Computed Tomography

  • Experience in Ultrasonic Phased Array technology

  • Experience in NDT of composite materials for aerospace in manufacturing environment

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Effective team leadership and communication skills

  • Proficiency in preparation of research project proposals, in execution of research projects, and in project budget and schedule management

Northrop Grumman regularly wins awards for our work-life balance, and we provide a proven suite of benefits including health, retirement, education, etc. This role is day shift with some off hours support for NDI Operations running 24/7. Travel is estimated to be less than 10%.

Salary Range: $139,000 - $208,600

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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