Principal Antenna RF Engineer Redondo Beach, CA

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.

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for prime satellite and payload capabilities and directed energy and electronics solutions for national security, military, and civil customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible.

The Electronics and Payloads - Antenna Products team is hiring for the next Principal Antenna RF Engineer . In this position the selected candidate designs, develops, tests radio frequency (RF) and/or microwave systems architecture, components, circuits, or products. Includes antenna design, both reflector and array systems, frequency synthesizers, transmitters and receivers.

Typical Responsibilities:

• Design/analysis/testing of radio frequency (RF) and/or microwave antenna systems.

• Design/analysis using electromagnetic theory, electromagnetic analysis, and performance budgeting/allocation,

• Or Design/analysis of antenna mechanical structures using finite element analysis modeling and methods.

• Practical design/analysis of antenna hardware solutions, using innovative thinking, with familiarity with the state-of-the-art.

• Leadership of antenna design/analysis teams to accomplish project objectives.

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced and collaborative work environment with high expectations and diverse assignments. Candidate must also be able to collaborate closely with engineers and departments of all other disciplines.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Space Systems, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage

  • 401k

  • Educational Assistance

  • Life Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

  • Paid Time Off

  • Health & Wellness Resources

  • Employee Discounts

This position's standard work schedule is a 9/80. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) field from an accredited institution and 4+ years of engineering experience in an aerospace environment; or STEM Master degree and 2+ years of engineering experience in an aerospace environment;or a STEMPhD.

  • Experience with designing/analyzing/testing radio frequency (RF) and/or microwave antenna systems.

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to interface with all levels of employees and management.

  • Proficiency with MATLAB and/or other related programming languages.

  • Experience with CST Microwave Studio, HFSS, GRASP, FEKO, and/or othercomputational electromagnetics software tools

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Electromagnetics from an accredited institution and 7 years of engineering experience in an aerospace environment.

  • Experience with antenna system architecture development, antenna system requirements generation/ flowdown , antenna system design/analysis, and antenna system performance verification including range testing.

  • Experience with managing engineering teams from cost, schedule, and staffing perspectives.

  • Proficiency with CST Microwave Studio, HFSS, GRASP, FEKO, and/or other computational electromagnetics software tools.

  • Technical breadth across any of the following areas: highly-integrated antenna systems, phased arrays, digital beamforming, reflector antennas, reflect-arrays, aperture antennas, wire antennas, antenna/RF system performance analysis, RF electronics, digital electronics, power electronics, CAD modeling, statistics, systems engineering, antenna control design, range testing, measurement equipment automation, and data post-processing/reduction.

  • Active In-Scope DoD Top Secret and/or SSBI/SCI clearance.



Salary Range: $104,600 - $157,000

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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