Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Senior Principal Electrical Engineer (FPGA)

Dulles, VA
Engineering and Sciences


Job Description

Job ID: JEZ20180706-46053

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.

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

Job Summary: Work with engineers and program personnel as part of an integrated product development team to develop FPGA design/code for avionics products

Job Responsibilities:

  • Firmware Design and Implementation
  • Ability to work independently, and also within an engineering team of varying disciplines 
  • Design Documentation
  • Requirements management
  • Interfacing with program management, customers, and customer representatives
  • Developing and presenting requirements, designs, plans, and results to customers and end-users

Required Qualifications: 

**Must possess a Top Secret security clearance with a valid background investigation**

BS/MS in electrical, computer engineering; mathematics, or physics, minimum 7 years of experience or PhD & 5 years or equivalent combination of education & experience in satellite communication systems engineering, implementation, and testing which must include at least 4 years in design of electronic circuits for use in harsh/space environments.

  • Embedded Firmware (VHDL)
  • Performance simulation and modeling
  • Integration, troubleshooting, and system testing
  • Verification and validation of systems to customer requirements
  • Familiarity with MicroSemi/Actel/ Family of FPGAs, a plus

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.


Job Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: 8-10 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Space