Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Sr. Principal Software Engineer

Monterey, CA
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: JEZ20181508-47040

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.

The Advanced Signals & Cyber (ASC) Team provides wireless solutions from research through mission integration for national security and law enforcement with solutions spanning the space, airborne, terrestrial, and maritime domains. The ASC core Research & Engineering (R&E) disciplines are RF Mission Systems, Wireless Signals and Protocols, High Performance Computing, Software Development, Software Defined Radio, Communications Theory, Hardware Development, and RF Analysis. ASC is seeking talented a mid-career FPGA Design Engineer to join our small team of firmware designers, software engineers, and researchers.  We have openings within a select group of firmware engineers working projects ranging from wireless systems, satellite communication and control, to advanced detectors.  If you are a dynamic, successful, driven professional, ASC will further your experience and career growth. We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including, medical, dental, 401k, tuition reimbursement, and much more.

Role Description & Responsibilities:

Design Engineer

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS) seeks an Design Engineer experienced in FPGA development, digital signal processing, and communication theory to perform the following tasks

  • Participate on and lead small multi-discipline teams to achieve project goals
  • Perform analysis to support derivation of specification based customer requirements
  • RTL development utilizing hardware description language (VHDL (preferred), Verilog, and/or System Verilog) and debug via simulation tools.
  • Perform synthesis and place and route.
  • Develop verification plans to support development.
  • Support technical reviews and be able to present to internal and external customers.

Experience Requirements:

  • minimum 10  years’ experience in FPGA definition, design, debug, and test.
  • Experience in implementing and testing DSP/Algorithms.
  • RTL  development utilizing hardware description language (VHDL (preferred), Verilog, and/or System Verilog) and debug via simulation tools.
  • Prior experience in support of synthesis and place and route.
  • Prior experience in support of verification plan execution and approaches to support development.
  • Excellent communication skills


  • B.S. in Engineering or related field; M.S. preferred

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 U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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