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United States-California-Point Mugu Yes Relocation assistance may be available None


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Northrop Grumman Mission Systems seeks an experienced RF Engineer Level 5 to perform RF engineering for Electronic Attack programs at NAWC Point Mugu, CA. Responsibilities include the design, development, and test of radio frequency (RF)architecture, components or products. Includes antenna design, both reflector and array systems, frequency synthesizers, transmitters and receivers. Develops advanced technological ideas and guides their development into a final product



Candidate would be one of the RF technical leads for the development of USMC Electronic Warfare (EW) systems.  RF system development duties would include:



  • Follow USMC supplied operational scenarios, architecture framework (DoDAF), and RF performance requirements for developing a new system’s RF design.
  • Guide and review the development of new system requirements (decomposed from the USMC operational requirements) in regards to RF performance.
  • Assist with RF component requirement specifications, as needed.
  • Research and select appropriate COTS or vendor developed RF components (transceivers, antennas, amplifiers, analog filters, switches, couplers, splitters, cables, etc.) for a new system based on RF performance requirements; size, weight, and power (SWAP) constraints; aircraft space limitations; existing aircraft antenna locations; etc.
  • Analyze vendor simulations of candidate antenna performance based on aircraft location and anticipated operational use to down select the best candidate antennas for the system under development.
  • Evaluate via vendor specification sheets, analysis, and lab RF testing possible COTS non-antenna RF system components and vendor submitted RF prototype components.
  • Evaluate via analysis, lab RF spread bench, and/or chamber testing a new system’s anticipated RF performance using prototype and/or COTS components.
  • Generate and document new systems’ RF block diagrams.
  • Design, document, and test a new system’s RF switching hardware following the down select of system RF components.
  • Generate and maintain RF component Acceptance Test Procedures (ATPs).  Lab validate the ATPs and train production and quality assurance engineers on how to execute the ATPs.
  • Work with vendors to improve any RF component quality issues, as needed.
  • Troubleshoot RF system issues.  Modify RF systems to overcome any original design shortfalls, as needed.
  • Ensure adherence to appropriate military standards via system requirements, design, and test (MIL-STD-461 (EMI) and MIL-STD-464 (EMC)).
  • Assist with system RF chamber testing.  Mitigate any RF issues with the system’s initial design if RF interference with Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE), communications equipment, navigation equipment, or any other aircraft components (that are reliant on RF) are deemed unsatisfactory.
  • Supply an outside Navy competency with a new system’s RF data, enabling them to perform HERO, HERF, and HERP analyses.  Review their HERO, HERF, and HERP analyses.
  • Ensure proper system safety through RF design and feedback from analyses, prototype operation, and chamber testing.
  • Assist a co-located Navy competency with RF threat technique evaluation, as needed. 
  • Support the identification, documentation, and mitigation of program RF risks per the Navy’s risk management process.
  • Support the use of key processes, such as the configuration management for RF system changes after the system baseline is established. 
  • Support test’s evaluation of system RF performance in the lab and during flight test. 
  • Collate RF technical data in response to program sponsor data calls.
  • Be the RF technical lead supporting Navy management a) at design and program management reviews, and b) with all system development RF critical decisions.
  • Mentor and guide junior RF engineers.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 14 Years with Bachelors; 12 Years with Masters; 9 Years with PhD in relevant STEM degree.
  • US citizen with the ability to obtain a Secret clearance
  • Experience with RF component selection, RF system development, and RF test equipment
  • Experience mitigating co-site RF interference
  • Experience using mechanical and electrical drawings
  • Must be able to demonstrate proven leadership capabilities in the area of RF Engineering
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work well in a close team environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Existing secret clearance highly desirable
  • Knowledge of Electronic Warfare principles 
  • Familiarity with aircraft RF safety
  • Familiarity with Agile Development Methodology
  • Familiarity with Atlassian software development and collaboration tool set (Jira, Bitbucket, Confluence, Jenkins, FishEye+Crucible)
  • Experience integrating RF systems with military aircraft
  • Familiarity with referenced military standards

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.

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