Associate / Superconducting Electronics IC Design EngineerLinthicum, MD

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Are you interested in exploring a career in the cutting edge of IC circuit design? You'll leverage your current experience against our training and your team's wealth of knowledge with the goal of designing Reciprocal Quantum Logic (RQL) and superconducting devices in a highly collaborative team environment.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) Advanced Capabilities division is a leader in the development and manufacture of next generation high-performance computing. Superconducting electronics form the core of our technology, with development thrusts in both quantum and classical logic. Our quantum computing activities include the development of superconducting devices for both quantum annealing and gate-model quantum computation. Our classical computing activities focus on energy-efficient computation using our patented superconducting digital logic technology, RQL. With a well-established impressive performance this technology is appealing for a variety of immediate applications and future research possibilities at a time when Moore's law is dramatically slowing. You'll work in a fast-paced team environment alongside a broad array of scientists and engineers to make these design solutions a reality.

We are seeking motivated Analog/Digital/Mixed Signal Circuit Design Engineers to join our team in the design and layout of custom digital superconducting circuits. You will use your skills as a Circuit designer while learning about superconducting circuit design. Tasks will include schematic capture, circuit simulation, circuit layout, physical verification (Layout vs. Schematic and Design Rule Checking), and parasitic extraction for a variety of superconducting circuits. The right candidate will be comfortable in a dynamic environment with rapidly developing technologies and tools. The candidate must have some experience in custom circuit design, preferably with Cadence Virtuoso. Experience with modeling circuit performance using Spice tools or ADE/Spectre, and/or experience with EM software is highly desirable. Strong written and oral communication skills are required.

This position can be filled at the Associate Superconducting Electronics IC Design Engineer OR the Superconducting Electronics IC Design Engineer. Qualifications for both are listed below:

Basic Qualifications for Associate IC Design Engineer:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or related field with 6 months of experience in either Analog, Digital or Mixed Signal Circuit design (0 years with technical MS or a PhD)

  • Solid understanding of circuit design theory and related coursework; hands-on custom circuit design experience

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills

  • Experience with some of the following: custom IC design tools (e.g. Cadence or Tanner EDA) for schematic capture, circuit simulation, and custom layout; physical verification using Cadence Assura or Mentor Calibre

  • Strong communication skills, able to efficiently disseminate information to leadership and respective working group

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top-Secret clearance per business requirements. US Citizenship is a requirement for this.

Basic Qualifications for IC Design Engineer:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or related field with 2 years of experience in either Analog, Digital or Mixed Signal Circuit design (0 years with technical MS or a PhD)

  • Solid understanding of circuit design theory and related coursework; hands-on custom circuit design experience

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills

  • Experience with some of the following: custom IC design tools (e.g. Cadence or Tanner EDA) for schematic capture, circuit simulation, and custom layout; physical verification using Cadence Assura or Mentor Calibre

  • Strong communication skills, able to efficiently disseminate information to leadership and respective working group

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top-Secret clearance per business requirements. US Citizenship is a requirement for this.

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Working knowledge of analog/mixed-signal IC design flow including schematic capture, simulation, layout and physical verification (DRC/LVS)

  • Microwave engineering design background; solid understanding of transmission line theory and matching circuitry

  • Electromagnetic modeling background employing commercial tools, such as HFSS, Clarity, or CST

  • Understanding of combinatorial and sequential logic; experience working with digital building blocks

  • Knowledge of Quantum Information or Quantum Mechanics

Salary Range: $67,000 - $106,000

Salary Range 2: $81,000 - $121,600

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 most positions.