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Principal Mission Payload Systems Engineer
Northrop Grumman     Gilbert, AZ 85295


RELOCATION ASSISTANCE: Relocation assistance may be available


TRAVEL: Yes, 10% of the Time


Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people’s lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of 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.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking a Principal Mission Payload Systems Engineer to work in Gilbert, Arizona.

The Principal Mission Payload Systems Engineer will support architecture trades, design analysis, requirement thread, segment interface development and ownership, and performance modeling through computer simulation. This individual will provide systems engineering support to hardware developments for space, and ground systems utilizing state-of-the-art optical (sensing, communications, directed energy),RF, digital and microelectronics. Project roles span all phases of product development cycle, from new business acquisition, and IRAD/ technology development to established programs delivering integrated hardware and software systems. Systems engineering activities include system architecture design, trade studies, specification development, requirement definition and allocation, performance analysis and simulation; system modeling and simulation tool development, payload product development, support to hardware design, subcontract leadership, management and selection, manufacturing, integration and test, and operations.

**Essential experience in one or more of the following areas:**

+ Overhead Infrared (OPIR) system

+ Electro-Optics

+ Sensor design

+ Remote sensing

+ High energy laser systems

+ Lasercom systems

+ Spacecraft system design

+ Image processing

+ RF and digital hardware design

+ Signal detection and estimation

**Basic Qualifications:**

+ Bachelors of Science degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline and 5+ years of engineering experience OR a Masters of Science degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline and 3+ years of engineering experience OR a Phd in a STEM discipline

+ Experience with remote sensing, Space Situational Awareness (SSA), communications or directed energy

+ Experience designing, integrating, testing and operating optical and RF systems

+ Active DoD Secret Clearance

**Preferred Qualifications:**

+ Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate Degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or Computer Science

+ Experience with remote sensing, Space Situational Awareness (SSA), communications or directed energy

+ Experience designing, integrating, testing and operating optical and RF systems

+ Candidates have completed relevant coursework in optics, lasercom, and DSP

+ Experience with baseband and IR sensors, high energy lasers, and remote sensing

+ Possesses strong leadership qualities, as well as strong verbal and written communication skills

+ Active DoD Top Secret and/or SCI Clearance

Salary Range: $87,600.00 - $131,400.00

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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