Inertial Instrument Engineer 4, R&D

Working in Northrop Grumman Mission Systems means making a direct contribution to mission projects that keep our homeland safe, expanding the boundaries of possibility and reshaping the world we live in.

This position will be responsible for all aspects of electronics design for government and internally funded sensor research and development projects. He/she would develop high accuracy and low noise sensor electronics from concept to working, performance-testable hardware, with the efficiency that R&D inherently requires. Typical responsibilities in a typical project design cycle include system architecture and trade studies, analog and digital simulation, VHDL and C coding, schematic capture and PCB layout, oversight of board fab and assembly, and lab testing and optimization. The candidate will have access to the deep technical expertise around them, but will be responsible for implementing the design down to the very details of the analog design, board layout, and firmware/logicware. Job duties are more project oriented, and less divided by skillset, so the candidate needs to be proficient at switching hats depending on the stage of the design. At the end of each project, the candidate has had his/her hand in almost every aspect of the design, which is fun and frightening at the same time.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or related subject with a minimum of 9 years of directly related experience, or a Master's and 7 years of directly related experience
  • Experience with filter design – analog and digital, and conversion between the two
  • Experience in embedded digital design (FPGA/SoC/Microcontroller)
  • Experience in analog design/PSPICE simulation
  • Experience in PCB design/layout
  • Knowledge of mechanical design
  • Experience with data converters (ADCs, DACs, etc…) and supporting circuitry
  • Skilled hands; ability /desire to spend weeks at a time in a lab environment testing/modifying your designs
  • Ability to become an expert quickly in any discipline necessary to solve a problem
  • Detail oriented; ability to go from concept to working hardware at an R&D (fast) pace
  • Ability to listen well; comfortable with fluid requirements
  • Self-motivated, capable of working with very little supervision
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must be a U.S. citizen with the ability to obtain a security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS in Electrical Engineering
  • Experience with Microsemi FPGAs and SmartFusion2 SoCs
  • Experience with Xilinx FPGAs and Zynq 7000 SoCs
  • Proficiency in digital design with VHDL/Verilog, plus the ability to think at flip-flop/gate level
  • Digital signal processing design experience (filters, modulators, demodulators, control loops, etc…)
  • Proficiency with C/C
  • Proficiency in MATLAB/Simulink
  • Proficiency in analog design (active filters, precision current drives, data converter support circuitry, etc…) and simulation in Cadence PSPICE, LTSPICE
  • Experience in multilayer, mixed signal PCB layout (Cadence Allegro, Autodesk Eagle)
  • Solidworks experience a plus
  • NI Labview experience a plus
  • Experience designing electronics for low noise, high accuracy sensors, with analog/digital tradeoffs in mind
  • Experience with inertial sensors (gyros and accelerometers)
  • Experience working on government and internally funded R&D projects
  • Ability to produce clear and accurate diagrams/figures/documentation for customer PowerPoint presentations and patent applications
  • Experience giving presentations to internal and external groups
  • Experience supervising/overseeing other engineers' work, while still diving deeply in technical work yourself

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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