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Northrop Grumman Staff Lead Survivability Engineer - Low Observables (LO) in Redondo Beach, California

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Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems (NGAS) has an exciting career opportunity for a Staff Lead Survivability Engineer - Low Observables (LO) / Radar Cross-Section (RCS) to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals; willing to push the boundaries in a fast-paced, exciting environment and take us to the next level of Survivability technology. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, CA.

Position Overview:

The Staff Lead Survivability Engineer will support a diverse portfolio of internally and externally funded research and technology development activities. As part of your assignment, you will work as part of a multidisciplinary team to determine how survivability technologies can best be integrated into air-based systems within the NGAS portfolio.

The Staff Lead Survivability Engineer applies extensive technical expertise in survivability design and integration with the knowledge in design, integration, and fabrication of survivability technologies for aircraft design.

Essential Duties:

  • Utilize 1D, 2D, and 3D computational electromagnetic codes such as Method of Moments (MoM) and Physical Optics (PO) to develop technical solutions for survivable edges and edge technologies.

  • Apply previous experiences in design, fabrication, indoor and outdoor test, and data post-processing to verify survivability designs for survivable edge systems and components.

  • Lead technical teams, providing guidance and specific instruction to less experienced engineers.

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels.





Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university and 14 years engineering experience OR a Master's Degree in a STEM discipline and 12 years of engineering experience OR a PhD Degree in a STEM discipline and 9 years of engineering experience.

  • Experience directly related to low observable technology development.

  • Experience working on conceptual vehicle design teams and basic understanding of supersonic design requirements as they relate to edges.

  • Knowledge of survivable design techniques and material technologies.

  • Experience working with model fabrication teams and indoor/outdoor test facilities.

  • Experience with RCS data processing tools, such as Knowbell or Pioneer.

  • A current active U.S. Government in-scope DoD Secret security clearance or higher is required to start, with the ability to obtain and maintain Special Program Access (PAR/SAP).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with physical optics codes such as Xpatch and the ability to use meshing tools such as CAE, FMS, or Cubit.

  • Experience with in-house or commercial Method of Moments codes such as SENTRi or HFSS.

  • Experience equivalent to leading at least one low observable technology from requirements and design phase through demonstration in a laboratory (TRL 4) or relevant environment (TRL 5).

  • Experience proposing and running successful R&D efforts to develop survivable edge components and technology, including budget, schedule, tasking, and review of technical products.

  • Prior experience in related survivability components such as propulsion and airframe technologies.

  • An active U.S. Government issued DoD Top Secret security clearance and/or previous SAP/SAR clearance.

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Job Category : Engineering