Sr. / Principal RF Electrical Engineer (Top Secret) - Space / Satellite Systems

Northrop Grumman
Dulles, VA
Jan 17, 2022
Jan 19, 2022
Full 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 worlds 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.We have an opening for a Top Secret cleared RF Electrical Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Tactical Space organization. This position will be located in Dulles, VA.Job Summary:In this role, you will work in a Technical Lead role on National Security Systems (NSS) programs. You will focus on the development of space communications systems and concepts through the production of flight programs.As a radio frequency (RF) subsystem lead engineer, you will work in a team environment to define and describe robust RF solutions to challenging applications while working within system constraints on mass, power, and volume. To be successful, you should have strong technical skills, ability to organize and direct the efforts of a multi-disciplined engineering team, and demonstrated motivation to investigate new concepts.Job Responsibilities:In particular, you will be involved in:Design and analysis of communications systems for satellite applications. You must be familiar with RF analyses such as link budgets, digital modulation/coding, gain/loss budgets, noise figure, etc.Requirements flow-down from top-level customer documents through subsystem-level definition to component-level specification. You will be expected to produce clear, concisely written documents that will be used as the technical basis for high dollar value procurements of RF equipment such as converters, filters and high power amplifiersPrepare and present design reviews for internal and external customers. You will have regular interaction with the internal engineering and program management team as well as external customersSubcontractor management, oversight of RF component design and development (travel required,) and manufacturing interface definition including performance specification, interface control drawing, and statement of work generation. You will work with potential subcontractors to ensure any technical solution meets the top-level customer's needs while satisfying system and program constraintsAfter transition from concept to production program, you may also support ongoing technical interface with the subcontractors during testing, component manufacturing, as well as integration and test of the communications system including unit-level functional and environmental testing, spacecraft level testing, and in-orbit checkoutYou should have familiarity with the operation of standard RF test equipment (ie, spectrum analyzers, power meters, network analyzers)Possess experience in the areas of satellite communications subsystem design, operation, and/or repair and maintenance In this role, you will lead a team of RF engineers responsible for designing and delivering components (ie, antennas, filters, transceivers, switches, etc.) for the overall RF subsystem. As the RF lead, you will also be working with the other leads and systems engineering to develop and deliver the spacecraft on time and under budgetBasic Qualifications:Must have US Citizenship with a current or active Top Secret level clearanceBSEE (or related field) with some combination of the following course work: microwave theory, satellite communications, radio-wave propagation, electromagnetics, and antennas. Should possess good understanding of communications and microwave theory5 years of related experience (Or 3 years with a Masters; or a PhD)Good oral presentation skills and comfort with customer interaction. Ability to write technical documents clearly and conciselyExperience with specification development, procurement & testing of major telemetry, tracking (TT&C) and control transceivers for space to ground communicationsExperience with link budgets for TT&C system for various space vehicle orbits and missionsExperience with electromagnetic interference (EMI) analysis and mitigation techniques You should have familiarity with the operation of standard RF test equipment (ie, spectrum analyzers, power meters, network analyzers)Preferred Qualifications:MSEE a strong plusAbility to work with others from engineering and non-engineering disciplines in a fast-paced team environmentStrong skills in Microsoft Office (particularly Excel)Experience with digital modulation/demodulation schemes for high data rates Experience with microwave component/system measurementFamiliar with engineering analysis tools such as M ATLAB/Simulink and STKExperience leading engineering teams in development or production of RF systemsFamiliar with cost account management concepts, including cost and labor estimation, task scheduling and earned value trackingExperience with the analysis required to verify RF system reliability over the required mission life and space environmentsExperience with performing RF system design trades and analysis required to optimize system performanceThe Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft. We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASAs Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants. Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components. Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program. As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including: MedicalDental & Vision coverage401kEducational AssistanceLife InsuranceEmployee Assistance Programs & Work/Life SolutionsPaid Time OffHealth & Wellness ResourcesEmployee DiscountsFlexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)For more details please visit our total rewards site or chat with one of our recruiters to learn more.Link: SystemNoVASpaceDIVSEMMICSalary Range: $101,200.00 - $151,800.00Salary Range 2: $0.00 - $0.00Employees 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. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 (, we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022, or by your start date if it is after January 18. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.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 US Citizenship is required for most Jobble

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