Principal / Sr. Principal Infrared (IR) Survivability Engineer (Level 3 or 4)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.

At Northrop Grumman, we Define Possible. We are a passionate community of engineers and leaders, a creative community of scientists and researchers, a diverse community of human beings, all driven to pioneer the future. And in Survivability, that future is bright… Or, from the enemy's perspective, it is as dark as the cover of a moonless night.

Now, imagine sitting in a stadium, or outside at a parade, and the next generation of Stealth Technology flies overhead, drawing a roar of admiration from the crowd. Imagine being able to turn to the person next to you and saying "I had a hand in that." At Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems and in Survivability Engineering, that could be Your Possible. We are tasked with developing, testing, and implementing new materials, technologies, and concepts, that enable the most lethal, intelligent, and collaborative systems to penetrate and operate in enemy airspace with impunity. We work hand in hand with a broad swath of other engineering disciplines to design, develop, manufacture, and sustain these systems. Our responsibilities span the full Systems Engineering lifecycle-from research and development to modeling and analysis, from static / component test to dynamic flight test, from manufacturing floor support to field repairs and maintenance, and more. We work across multiple spectrums-from RF (Radio Frequency), to IR (Infrared) and Visual, to Acoustic. Our engineers have the opportunity to work in various environments-behind desks, in highly specialized labs, at indoor and outdoor test and measurement ranges, and at overseas operational locations. Our team is absolutely critical to the cradle-to-grave success of our cornerstone programs and the programs of the future, and your role on our team would be equally critical to our success as an organization. Without Survivability Engineers, there is no Low in Low Observable. Without us, there is no Stealth in Stealth Bomber. Join us, and let's Define Survivable together!

Northrop Grumman is an industry leader in Stealth Technology . We are involved in all phases of development, production, and maintenance of Low Observable (LO) platforms. We are currently looking for Stealth / Low Observable /Infrared (IR) / Survivability Engineers to work on exciting and challenging projects.

We need your help to engineer at the edge of the impossible!

We would like you to bring your experience in design integration, product support or antenna integration to assist our highly skilled an innovative team.

Core competencies:

  • Use the latest classified cutting-edge technology to reduce the detectability of aircraft in the electromagnetic, infrared, visual and acoustic spectrums.

  • Predict the performance of your design using proprietary analysis codes.

  • Get your hands dirty and verify your prediction and the design by building and testing physical models.

  • Optimize the design for Stealth while meeting the requirement of all other engineering disciplines.

  • Take Responsibility for achieving customer goal and balancing the design in an Integrated Product Team (IPT) environment.

  • Thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, and extensive collaboration.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Strong understanding of infrared radiation physics as it relates to aircraft survivability.

  • Experience in infrared signature analysis using test data and/or infrared simulation tools.

  • Experience in laboratory and/or in-flight testing of infrared technologies and materials.

  • Familiarity with Python, C++, and/or other programming languages.

  • Familiarity with NX and/or other computer aided design (CAD) software.

  • Strong interpersonal communication and technical writing skills for the purposes of effective collaboration with other teams and customers.

  • A current active U.S. Government in-scope DoD Secret security clearance is required to start,, and an active Special Access Programs (SAPs).

  • Educational/ Experience Requirements:

  • Principal Infrared Survivability Engineer : Bachelors/ degree in a STEM discipline AND 5 years of related professional/military engineering experience, OR a Masters' degree AND 3 years of related professional/military engineering experience.

  • Sr Principal Infrared Survivability Engineer: Bachelors' degree in a STEM discipline AND 9 years of related professional/military engineering experience, OR a Masters' degree AND 7 years of related professional/military engineering experience, OR a Ph.D. AND 4 years of related professional/military engineering experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced understanding of infrared radiation physics as it relates to aircraft survivability as well as the relevant technologies and materials.

  • Extensive knowledge of thin film material design, fabrication, and qualifications processes.

  • Expertise in the design, planning, and execution of both laboratory and in-flight testing of infrared technologies and materials.

  • General understanding of aircraft radar signatures and radar cross section reduction techniques.

  • Experience with proposal writing and project cost estimation.

  • Experience in project and/or supply-chain management.

  • A current active U.S. Government in-scope DoD Top Secret security clearance, with the ability to obtain and maintain access to Special Access Programs (SAPs).

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 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/ .

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.

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

Salary Range 2: $129,700 - $194,500

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.