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Sr. Principal Engineer

Chandler, AZ, USA | Northrop Grumman

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    7-10 years
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Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems has an opening for a Sr. Principal GNC Engineer in Chandler, AZ. U.S .Citizenship and ability to obtain DoD Clearance is required. Active Secret Clearance is preferred. 

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. 

A GNC Engineer designs, develops, implements, verifies and tests algorithms and software and simulation tools to perform guidance, navigation and control of aircraft, spacecraft, submersibles, surface ships, missiles, launch vehicles and upper stages during powered and coast phases of launch, flight, earth orbit, interplanetary cruise and orbital insertion, as well as during staging events. Navigation functions include the statistical processing of measured data points and their substitution into algorithms simulating physical reality. Guidance functions include the formulation of specific equations to achieve a desired position, orientation or orbit in space. Control design and analyses processes consist of the development of the control laws and hardware and software requirements for aircraft, launch vehicles and/or spacecraft. 

Job Responsibilities 

The successful candidate for this position will be responsible for providing guidance, navigation and control technical expertise for a development program. Strong familiarity with rocket motor propelled vehicle trajectory design and customer provided requirement analysis in a flight software in simulation environment is required. Proven experience with autopilot and guidance algorithm design and navigation and actuator subsystems is strongly preferred. This position will leverage the candidate’s excellent communication skills to report program milestones and technical approaches and findings to GNC management and program end-customers.  


Basic Qualifications: 

• Requires Bachelor’s in Engineering/Computer Science & 9 years or Masters in Engineering/Computer Science & 7 years or PhD & 4 years. 

• U.S. Citizen and the ability to obtain Secret DoD Clearance 

Preferred Qualifications: 

• Experience developing in the C++ and Python programming languages 

• Experience with the Linux Operating System 

• Software configuration management best practices 

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