Atomic Physicist 5

Northrop Grumman is seeking candidates for an experimental atomic physicist position in the Advanced Position, Navigation, and Timing Systems Group, located in Woodland Hills, CA. The physicist will join an active research and development group focused on applications in atomic and quantum sensing of geophysical phenomena. Sensors of interest include accelerometers, clocks, electrometers, gravity gradiometers, gyroscopes, and magnetometers. The physicist will collaborate on current sensor development projects and help develop new concepts and approaches for future investigations. They will work closely with a team of engineers and technicians and coordinate their efforts to insure that the system design and implementation is appropriate for the physics of the system. The physicist will be expected to work on efforts ranging in maturity from fundamental basic research, often coordinating with a university research group, and proof of principle demonstrations through to middle and late stage research and development, and support transition to production.

The physicist must work well in a team and be able to fill the principal investigator role on both internal and contract funded research efforts. They must have strong public speaking skill and be able to communicate complex technical information to both subject matter experts and laymen. They must also be prepared to train and mentor other team members in the specific technical details of new and inventive sensing systems, and translate developing sensor physics into meaningful specifications and requirements for the mechanical, electrical, and systems designs. The physicist will also attend and actively support scientific and technical conferences, symposia, workshops, working team meetings and other venues for presentations of results and development of collaborative research relationships and business development.

Responsibilities include:

  • Atomic sensor development program execution
  • New concept and program pursuits
  • Sensor development planning and road map.
  • Team development and mentoring
  • Collaboration and support on related as well as outside of expertise projects
  • Lead both internal and contract research and development efforts
  • Present research and results to customers and the scientific community through conferences and journal publications.

Basic Qualifications:

  • The successful applicant shall have a demonstrated track record of innovation and accomplishment in atomic/quantum system and/or sensor development.
  • Ph.D. in Physics or equivalent technical field with a minimum of 9 years of relevant experience, or a M.S. in Physics or equivalent field with a minimum of 12 including substantial experience in sensor development
  • Knowledge of atomic sensing principles
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills Self-motivated, capable of working independently and leading a team.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working Government-funded R&D programs
  • Proficiency with Mathematica, LabView, C/C , MATLAB/Simulink, VHDL
  • Knowledge of principles of navigation, including inertial navigation and aided navigation.
  • Experience with atomic clocks, magnetometers, gyroscopes, and/or accelerometers.
  • Experience with spin polarized atomic systems and vapor cell based sensor physics.
  • Experience with cold/ultra-cold (BEC) systems and atom interferometry based measurements and sensors.
  • Ability to obtain a Secret clearance.

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 www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.


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