Principal Rf Engineer: Digital Signal Processing
Dulles - VA, United States of America
United States Citizenship
Yes- May Consider Occasional/Part-Time Teleworking for this position
1st Shift (United States of America)
Yes, 25% of the Time
At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.
We have an opening for a Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Architect to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Tactical Space organization. This position will be located in Dulles, VA.
This is a key position requiring experience in Digital Signal Processing (DSP) architecture design, RF communications theory, and software defined radio design.
The position requires significant experience with the system design of modems and SDR baseband using FPGA-based, high speed mixed signal (digital, analog, and RF) designs for both ground and space applications. The position also requires the ability to apply standard system engineering practices to interpret high-level requirements, derive child requirements, develop conceptual block diagrams of the digital/firmware architecture, simulate, and build a design that is compliant to the required performance specification.
Additionally, this position requires the ability to lead technical teams and make the necessary assignments to a diverse team of software, FPGA, and hardware engineers. This role also requires the ability to communicate complex conceptions to program management and customers.
- Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field (ideally a BSEE or related field) with some combination of the following course work:
Digital Signal Processing theory, satellite communications, radio-wave propagation, electromagnetics, and antennas. Good understanding of communications and digital design theory
- 5 years of related experience;
or 3 years with a Master’s;
or a PhD
- Ability to work with others from engineering and non-engineering disciplines in a fast-paced team environment
- Familiarity with the operation of standard RF test equipment (i.E., spectrum analyzers, power meters, network analyzers)
- Experience in Radio communications architecture and digital modulation/demodulation techniques (Including forward error correction)
- Strong oral presentation skills and comfort with customer interaction with the ability to write technical documents clearly and concisely
- Strong skills in Microsoft Office (particularly Excel)
- US citizenship with an active Top Secret security clearance
- MSEE (or higher degree) a strong plus
- The ability to perform all or most of the following is highly desirable:
- Design FIR, IIR and frequency domain matched filters
- Design FM, PM, AM, QAM, etc. modulators and demodulators including carrier recovery, where applicable
- Design FEC encoders, decoders of varying types including Viterbi, Reed Solomon, and Turbo codes
- Design signal acquisition algorithms for TDMA, FDMA and CDMA schemes - Develop algorithms and model/optimize algorithm performance. MATLAB preferred
The 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 NASA’s 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:
Medical Dental &
Employee Assistance Programs &
Paid Time Off
Flexible 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)
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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. 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 (https:
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//www.Northropgrumman.Com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.