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Northrop Grumman Principal Missile Data Link Systems Engineer in Linthicum, Maryland

At the heart of Defining Possible is our commitment to missions. In rapidly changing global security environments, Northrop Grumman brings informed insights and software-secure technology to enable strategic planning. We're looking for innovators who can help us keep building on our wide portfolio of secure, affordable, integrated, and multi-domain systems and technologies that fuel those missions. By joining in our shared mission, we'll support yours of expanding your personal network and developing skills, whether you are new to the field or an industry thought-leader. At Northrop Grumman, you'll have the resources, support, and team to do some of the best work of your career.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems has an opening for a Missile Data Link Systems Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals at our Linthicum/ Baltimore, MD campus. This position requires up to 100% on-site work and an ability to pass an enhanced security review.

How You Will Make a Difference at Northrop Grumman:

As the lead developer of RF sensors for some of the most advanced systems in the U.S. arsenal, Northrop Grumman is a world leader in advanced sensor systems and design. These include radars for air dominance platforms (such as the F-22, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F-16), bomber and strike programs (such as B-1B), airborne / maritime / ground-based surveillance missions (E-3 AWACS, E-7 MESA, TPS-80 G/ATOR and UAV systems such as Global Hawk), as well as restricted programs and missions.

Northrop Grumman's Airborne Multifunction Systems (AMS) Systems Engineering, Integration and Test (SEIT) organization has a need for a Principal Systems Engineer in Missile Data Link design, development, integration and verification on some of our most advanced sensors. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work on a highly visible / highly valued mode of operation on some of the most prized platforms in the US arsenal alongside a team of highly qualified sensor systems engineers with oversight from experienced data link systems engineers. This position offers exciting near-term challenges as well as long-term growth and development through Northrop Grumman's technical career paths.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Missile Data Link Systems Engineers focus on the implementation of data link system capabilities within multi-function sensor systems, with a focus on applying model-based methods to evaluate system performance. MDL Systems Engineers drive system requirements, including waveform implementation in software/firmware and hardware requirements and impacts to data link performance. Systems engineers also develop models and simulations, primarily in MATLAB and C++, to validate design choices and troubleshoot integration findings. During integration, MDL Systems Engineers work closely with Software Engineering and Systems Integration engineers to complete software/system integration and performance verification. Throughout this process, MDL Systems Engineers must balance their functional and performance requirements with other sensor functionality to enable true multi-function operation.

At the Principal Engineer level, a systems engineer will work with only general oversight from advisory engineers and mentors to independently solve technical challenges. Principal engineers have frequent interface across discipline and organizational boundaries as well as customer interaction through presentations and working group meetings


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics or Mathematics with 5 years of related experience (see position summary) or (3 years related experience with a Master's Degree, 0 with a PhD).

  • Experience with MATLAB or equivalent programming/analysis languages

  • Familiarity with Link Budget Analysis

  • Familiarity with Phased Array Analysis

  • Active or ability to obtain a DoD Secret security clearance prior to starting

Preferred Qualifications:

  • DoD Top Secret Clearance

  • Master's Degree including electives in physical-layer communications

  • Experience with Missile Data Link waveforms or protocols

  • Previous experience with Radar Signal Processing and algorithm development (e.g. Waveform Demodulation)

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.

Job Category : Engineering