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Northrop Grumman Principal / Sr. Principal Engineer Digital in Fairfax, Virginia


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Northrop Grumman Space Systems (NGSP) seeks to fill a Principal / Sr. Principal Digital Engineering role in the Payload and Ground Systems Division Engineering organization supporting the Integrated National Systems (INS) Business Unit (BU). We are seeking Digital Engineers for a small FPGA team in the implementation/creation of VHDL and an embedded ARM development framework inside a Xilinx UltraScale+ FPGA. The successful candidates should be familiar with the UltraScale 7 Xilinx FPGA, DSP techniques, and IP protocols. This position can be filled at our Morrisville, NC , or Fairfax, VA office.

The Principal / Sr. Principal Digital Engineer, designs, develops, modifies, and evaluates digital electronic parts, components or integrated circuitry for digital electronic equipment and other hardware systems. Determines design approaches and parameters. Analyzes equipment to establish operating data, conducts experimental tests, and evaluates results. Selects components and equipment based on analysis of specifications and reliability. May also review vendor capability to support product development.

Basic Qualifications:

Principal Digital Engineer: 5 years with STEM Bachelors; 3 years with STEM Masters; 0 years with STEM PHD

Sr. Principal Engineer: 9 years with STEM Bachelors; 7 years with STEM Masters; 4 years with STEMPHD

  • This position requires a current/active TS/SCI and the willingness to take a CI poly

  • VHDL in the ARM processor for Xilinx FPGA

  • Familiarity with timing and routing in the FPGA

  • DSP (Digital Signal Processing) techniques

  • Experience with IP protocols

Preferred Qualifications:

  • TS/SCI with Full scope poly

  • Experience with REDHAWK SDR or other SDR

Salary Range: $104,700.00 - $172,800.00Salary Range 2: $129,800.00 - $214,200.00

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 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/ .

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