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Northrop Grumman Principal/Sr. Principal Optical Engineer in Annapolis, Maryland

At the heart of Defining Possible is our commitment to missions. In rapidly changing global security environments, Northrop Grumman brings informed insights and software-secure technology to enable strategic planning. We're looking for innovators who can help us keep building on our wide portfolio of secure, affordable, integrated, and multi-domain systems and technologies that fuel those missions. By joining in our shared mission, we'll support yours of expanding your personal network and developing skills, whether you are new to the field or an industry thought-leader. At Northrop Grumman, you'll have the resources, support, and team to do some of the best work of your career.

The Northrop Grumman Undersea Systems business unit is seeking a Staff Optical Engineer with broad technical experience to apply creativity and vision in the portfolio of Undersea Systems programs that are critical to our Long Range Strategic Plan.

The successful candidate will be responsible for optical system design, assembly, integration and test of electrical/fiber optic (F/O) systems & sensors and shall be experienced in all phases of optical system development from conceptualizing solutions through the design, assembly and testing phases.

The successful candidate's responsibilities will also include use of F/O test sets to enable test and troubleshooting of fiber optic systems and be familiar with test sets for measurement of high speed communication signals. The Staff Optical Engineer will be expected to assist teams through the analysis and troubleshooting of test results as required to evaluate and improve design as well as development of component specifications, tolerances and tests procedures.

The successful candidate will have experience interpreting, evaluating and documenting the empirical results of:

· Optical spectrum analyzers (OSA)

· Bit Error Rate Testers (BERT)

· Optical Backscatter Reflectometer(OBRs)

· Optical Time-Domain Reflectometer(OTDRs)

· High speed modulator/demodulator characterization

· Fusion splicing of specialty fibers / high resolution loss measurement

· Mechanical fiber routing and management inside of splice enclosures and cabinets

This position can be filled at a higher level per the requirements below:


Basic Qualifications for Principal Engineer:

  • Minimum Education / Experience: 5+ years' of experience with Bachelors of Science; 3+ years' of experience with Masters; 0+ years' of experience with PhD. Degree must be in STEM related field.

  • An active or current TS/SCI clearance with Polygraph is required.

Basic Qualifications for Sr. Principal Engineer:

  • Minimum Education / Experience: 9+ years' of experience with Bachelors of Science; 7+ years' of experience with Masters; 4+ years' of experience with PhD. Degree must be in STEM related field.

  • An active or current TS/SCI clearance with Polygraph is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as an organization spokesperson and advisor to management, co-workers and customers

  • Experience in technical leadership, direction and mentoring to other technical employees in the application of scientific principles, tools and techniques to achieve practical end results.

  • Experience guiding development of advanced fiber optic systems from concept to delivery

  • Experience with subsea cables and connectors.

  • Proficiency in common data analysis tools such as Mathcad, MatLab and Labview.


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 Category : Engineering