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Northrop Grumman Principal Research Scientist / Sr. Principal Research Scientist in Elkton, Maryland

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world's biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

Discover careers that change the world and further advancements in defense, technology, and engineering today at Northrop Grumman . Use your experience to grow your career and support our global customers with the technology, systems, and solutions they need to enable their missions on the front lines and secure our world every day. With Northrop Grumman , you'll discover a culture built on diversity, respect, and above all teamwork. Together with our group of experts across the technical spectrum, you'll discover opportunities to make a difference in our world and start solving some of the world's most critical problems in the most innovative ways.

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems is currently seeking a Principal Research Scientist / Sr. Principal Research Scientist for our Elkton, Maryland location.

The Northrop Grumman Propulsion Systems and Controls (PS&C) facility in Elkton, Maryland began solid-propellant rocket operations in 1948. Today, the Elkton PS&C facility designs, develops, and produces solid-propellant propulsion and ordnance systems in programs professionally managed for a wide variety of Government and commercial customers. The facility also serves as the hub for offsite engineering and test facilities in Ronkonkoma, NY, Palm Beach Gardens, FL and San Jose, CA.

Elkton, Maryland is located on the Upper Chesapeake Bay, midway between Philadelphia and Baltimore. Discover charming small towns, parks with miles of trails, specialty and antique shops, award winning restaurants, and inns. You can hike, bike, camp, bird watch, ride horseback, or drop a fishing line. Five rivers, Chesapeake Bay and the C&D Canal can be explored by boat or by land. Experience panoramic views from Turkey Point Lighthouse on a bluff overlooking the Bay, or from the banks of the C&D Canal where ships from around the globe cruise. https://www.ccgov.org/government/tourism

Job Summary

Initiates the design, development, execution and implementation of technology research projects. Investigates the feasibility of applying scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions and products. Responsibilities include; defining and executing research tasks, analyzing data, publishing findings in peer-reviewed journals, and presenting research at scientific conferences. Capable of defining research projects for their projects with assistance from management with a focus on answering fundamental questions in basic science. Plans and executes applied research. Maintains substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories, and may contribute to scientific literature and conferences. May participate in development of patent applications. May coordinate interdepartmental activities and research efforts.

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with project and integrated product teams (IPT) to develop advanced propulsion systems

  • Oversee propellant development, characterization and manufacturing

  • Work closely with systems engineers, project engineers and quality engineers to ensure requirements are met

  • Serve as an Energetics Technology & Laboratories liaison between IPTs and Manufacturing

  • Document and present development, manufacturing status and testing results as needed.

Qualifications:

Basic Qualifications Principal Research Scientist:

  • PhD degree in Chemistry

  • Ability to work collaboratively within an IPT as part of an advanced development program

  • Ability and experience with presenting complex technical concepts to technical audiences and management

  • Demonstrated independent work skills, technical expertise, innovation, problem solving and decision making

  • Candidates must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications

  • Experience with statistical experimental design, multi-variate data analysis and other scientific software

  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens and capable of obtaining a Secret level government security clearance

Basic Qualifications Sr. Principal Research Scientist:

  • PhD degree in Chemistry

  • 4 years of experience in polymer science, organic or inorganic chemistry

  • Ability to work collaboratively within an IPT as part of an advanced development program

  • Ability and experience with presenting complex technical concepts to technical audiences and management

  • Demonstrated independent work skills, technical expertise, innovation, problem solving and decision making

  • Candidates must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications

  • Experience with statistical experimental design, multi-variate data analysis and other scientific software

  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens and capable of obtaining a Secret level government security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the formulation and testing of solid rocket motor propellants is highly desirable

  • Other relevant formulation experience may be considered, e.g., rubber formulations, adhesives and coatings

This position falls under a Federal Explosives License issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for this location. Candidates hired into this role will be required to complete and submit an Employee Possessor Questionnaire to ATF for approval to be a possessor.

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.

Job Category : Research and Sciences

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