IR Plume Modeling and Simulation Engineer 2/3Schriever Afb, CO

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The SWDC Threat Products and Services organization is responsible for the development and delivery of high fidelity threat data products in support of the Missile Defense Agency's (MDA's) ground test event simulations.

The IR Plume Modeling and Simulation Engineer role will help develop, analyze and QC IR plume models, produce IR plume signatures, and be responsible for the verification and validation of signatures.

This position requires a detail-oriented mid-level engineer responsible for understanding infrared (IR) Plume models, adjusting models to work within the TMC's generation framework, understanding and verifying results, and providing documentation required for running threat data in Ground Test architectures.

Essential Functions:

  • Understanding of Rocket Exhaust IR plume phenomenology, as well as, modeling and simulation methods and processes.

  • Effectively communicate requirements and processes to fellow engineers, system engineers, software developers.

  • Comfortable working with little or no direct supervision

  • Work as an integral member of a geographically dispersed Agile cross functional team.

This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below.

Basic Requirements:

  • Level 3: Bachelor's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline preferred from an accredited university and 5 years of related experience, or a Master's degree in a STEM discipline and 3 years experience, or a PhD and 1 year of experience.

  • Level 2: Bachelor's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline preferred from an accredited university and 2 years of related experience, or a Master's degree in a STEM discipline and 0 years experience

  • Must already possess an active DoD Secret clearance.

  • Experience with verification and validation IR plume results

  • Ability to collaborate with systems engineers, software engineers, model end users, and MDA ground test stakeholders to ensure product requirements are met.

  • Understanding of the flight characteristics, motion, and performance of missile systems.

  • Understanding of rocket engines, combustion chemistry, flow field physics, and resulting infrared (IR) signatures.

  • Must be self-motivated, able to work in a dynamic team environment.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience in modeling missile rocket exhaust signature representations.

  • Experience running CFD and legacy plume codes (JANNAF SPF, VIPER, CHARM, SOCRATES) or more contemporary codes a plus.

  • Experience with MODTRAN a plus.

  • Experience developing CFD mesh models from CAD.

  • Experience developing chemistry models for rocket exhaust.

  • Understanding and experience with High Performance Computing architectures.

  • Ability to navigate requirements databases. Strong knowledge of Model Based System Engineering with an understanding of DODAF and SysML.

  • Experience in MDA organization with knowledge of OPIR sensor behaviors and models.

  • Programming background to include languages such as MATLAB and Python.

  • Experience compiling test data and writing reports.

  • Experience operating in an Agile SAFe organization.

  • Experience with Atlassian tool suite (e.g. Confluence, JIRA, Bitbucket, etc.).

  • Strong math, physics, chemistry, or engineering background is preferred.

  • Ability to obtain DoD Top Secret Clearance.

What We Can Offer You:

Northrop Grumman provides a comprehensive benefits package and a work environment that encourages your growth and supports the mutual success of our people and our company. Northrop Grumman benefits give you the flexibility and control to choose the benefits that make the most sense for you and your family. Your benefits will include the following:

Health Plan

Savings Plan

Paid Time Off

Education Assistance

Training and Development

Flexible Work Arrangements




Salary Range: $79,300 - $118,900

Salary Range 2: $97,500 - $146,300

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.

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