ASIC Architect 5

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Sector is searching for an Architect for next generation SoC and Mixed Signal ASIC solutions in support of future RF sensor systems, EO/IR sensor systems, processing systems and other emerging business areas for our nation's next generation security and defense platforms.

This person will have a technology leadership position that will span multiple roles:

  • Providing direction and oversight to internal and external design teams supporting semiconductor process selection, IP selection, chip development and verification, physical design, packaging and software
  • Working with internal program management to develop realistic estimates for development cost, risk and schedule for advanced SoCs and Mixed-Signal ASICs
  • Develop architectures within existing organizational constraints for SoCs and mixed-signal ASICs
  • Working with interdisciplinary teams to develop a system architecture and allocating functionality to system components such as SoCs, mixed-signal ASICs, RF ICs and FPGAs


  • Further define, drive, and streamline overall ASIC process using commercial world practices
  • Define and drive the overall SoC, Mixed-Signal ASIC, IP and system architecture requirements for Interface and Peripheral IP
  • Work with and provide direction to the Chip and IP verification teams to develop, review, and approve pre- and post-silicon validation/test plans
  • Work with the Physical Design, Packaging, and Board design teams to evaluate floorplan and packaging/IO implementation options and associated tradeoffs
  • Work with System, Software, RF, Security, and Platform architects to define the overall architecture to meet the product requirements
  • Monitor and participate in the development of industry standards

Basic Qualifications:

BS degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related technical degree with 14 years of experience. (12 years with an MS, 9 years with a PhD)

US Citizenship with the ability to obtain a TS/SCI clearanceExperience and strong background in the following areas:

  • SoC and Mixed-Signal ASIC architecture with proven track record for architecting and developing successful highly integrated SoCs and Mixed-Signal ASICs in Semiconductor technologies at 32nm and below
  • Detailed understanding of SoC and Mixed-Signal ASIC front end and back end design flows as well as the overall SoC and Mixed-Signal development process using commercial tool flows
  • Digital Signal Processing systems such Digital Receivers, Direct Digital Waveform Generation, and Software Defined Radio
  • Experience architecting and developing advanced verification solutions for SoCs and Mixed-Signal ASICs from initial verification planning, verification architecture, development of verification environments including the use of UVM, verification IP and System Verilog through verification of built hardwar

Preferred Qualifications:

MS or PhD in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and/or Electrical Engineering

TS/SCI ClearanceExperience in the following areas:

  • Overall SoC system architecture including boot, debug, security, processor and I/O virtualization, system partitioning, cache and I/O coherency protocols, peripheral I/O, system and SoC interconnect protocols and technology, low power design and architecture, power management, etc.
  • ARM and/or PowerPC and/or x86 SoC and System architecture
  • Analog and RF design in advanced CMOS technologies
  • Strong understanding of semiconductor physics and semiconductor processing
  • SoC and Mixed-Signal ASIC design for test and production test methodologies suitable for 32nm and smaller CMOS technologies
  • General expansion (i.e. PCIe), storage, and networking I/O interfaces
  • SW/HW architecture and inter-dependencies
  • Hardware security, cryptography and public key infrastructure using NSA approved algorithms
  • Semiconductor manufacturing processes

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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