Sr. Principal Systems Engineer- Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis-20002789

Location: Annapolis
US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
Relocation Assistance: Yes
Clearance Type: Secret
Number of Openings : 1
Shift : 1st Shift

The Systems Engineering department in the Northrop Grumman Undersea Systems business unit at Annapolis, Maryland, is seeking Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis (MS&A) engineers looking to expand their horizons. As an MS&A engineer, you will support complex, dynamic maritime programs of strategic importance to our nation. You will also work closely with system architects and software engineers to improve our current MS&A capabilities and help us shape future opportunities in the undersea domain. You will contribute to the development of state-of-the-art undersea systems, which will provide you exposure to a wide range of advanced systems and technologies, including autonomous underwater vehicles, acoustic and non-acoustic sensors, sensor processing, navigation, communication technologies, and advanced algorithms.

These are some tasks that you could be performing on a day-to-day basis:

  • Lead the development of system modeling (including descriptive, behavior, and performance modeling), simulation, analysis, and trade study activities. This includes performing requirements analysis, system and System of System (SoS) trade studies, system capability analysis, system survivability analysis, and mission performance/effectiveness analysis.
  • Develop descriptive system models to include physical/functional block diagrams at various abstraction layers to support Model-Based Engineering (MBE) and Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) efforts. SysML, UML or other descriptive constructs/tools may be used.
  • Create new and adapt existing models, methods, and analysis capabilities to conduct studies to support the design, development, and assessment of advanced system design concepts and technologies.
  • Create and update blue/red tactics and perform theater-level CONOPS modeling, simulation, and analysis.
  • Ensure performance capabilities of new systems and architectures are consistent with mission requirements; develop mission relevant scenarios; assess operational effectiveness of existing and emerging systems and capabilities in representative operational environments.
  • Work within multi-disciplined teams to architect, model, simulate, and analyze systems to predict/verify system performance against functional/capability requirements.
  • Prepare and brief technical packages to company leadership and customers.
  • Support project and program processes, reviews and technical planning activities.
  • Identify, develop and implement new tools, tool features, and processes to advance our undersea and multi-domain MS&A capabilities.
  • Collaborate with other Northrop Grumman MS&A organizations to share ideas, capabilities and grow our world-class MS&A capabilities.

In addition, experience with underwater/Navy systems such as sonar systems, sensors, torpedoes, towed vehicles, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), acoustic communications, etc. is preferred.

Applicants should be highly-motivated self-starters with willingness to learn outside their core technology areas. Our diverse and passionate engineering team is mission-focused while also committed to personal development. We are distinguished by our welcoming, dependable workplace culture that supports work-life balance, innovation, and STEM outreach. All of this has made Undersea Systems a great place to work for more than 50 years.


Basic Qualifications for a Sr. Principal Systems Engineer are: 

  • Bachelor's Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) field and 9+ years of experience; 7+ years of experience with Master's Degree, or 4+ years of experience with a PhD. 
  • Experience in modeling, simulation, and/or analysis of systems.
  • Experience with MATLAB and/or Python.
  • Experience in Systems Engineering to include (but not limited to) requirements analysis, requirements allocation, requirements decomposition, requirements development and verification & validation.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Willing to learn additional discipline areas.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain an active DoD Secret Clearance.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Degree in Electrical/Systems/Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering/Applied Mathematics or Physics. A Masters or Doctorate degree is desired.
  • Experience with Model-Based Engineering / Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBE/MBSE) practices, languages (e.g. SysML, UML) and/or tools (e.g. Model Center, Rhapsody)
  • Experience in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW), Mine-Warfare (MIW), Cyber Warfare, and/or other Naval Warfare Domains.
  • Experience in theater level, engagement level and system level MS&A in the maritime domain and/or other modeling domains.
  • Experience with system and System of System (SoS) MS&A and development.
  • Knowledge of US Naval tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs).
  • Experience in CONOPS and tactics development and analysis, especially red/blue CONOPS and tactics.
  • Experience with other structured/scripting programming languages (e.g. C++, Java) and debugging.
  • Experience with configuration management / version control using Git, SVN, or other tools.
  • Experience in signal processing, communications and/or target detection/tracking.
  • Experience with autonomous systems and/or machine learning and artificial intelligence (ML/AI).
  • Experience in undersea Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT), acoustic systems, imaging sonar techniques and technologies.
  • Experience preparing work products associated with the system engineering lifecycle milestones (e.g. SRR, PDR, CDR, TRR)
  • Industry/company recognition and awards, attendance and participation in industry/engineering conferences and symposiums, and/or patents/disclosures/publications.
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities to include mentorship and working/interfacing with customers.
  • Active or current DoD Top Secret/SCI with poly 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 ID: 20002789

What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work..
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like flexible work schedules, education assistance and paid time off.
Secret Required
Yes, 10 % of the Time
No - Teleworking not available for this position