Principal Systems Engineer – Rockwell Collins – Columbia, MD

Principal Systems Engineer
Rockwell Collins
376 reviews

Columbia, MD



Want to work with some of the most talented, dedicated people on the planet? Do you value relationships, commitment, innovation and integrity? Want to be a part of a company that was named as the 2015 America’s Best Employer in Aerospace and Defense by Forbes magazine?

Then Rockwell Collins is the place for you. Join our team and build a rewarding career while helping to deliver the most trusted source of aviation and high-integrity solutions in the world.

We are currently searching for a Principal Systems Engineer- Advanced Radio Systems (ARS) to join our team in Columbia MD. Employing some of the most talented, dedicated people on the planet is not by chance. People from all over the globe choose Rockwell Collins as the place to build a rewarding career, while helping create and deliver communications, integration, and engineering solutions that our global customers demand so that our world keeps moving and stays connected. It’s an exciting time to become a part of our team. Join us and discover how high your career can soar at Rockwell Collins.

The Advanced Radio Systems (ARS) section of the Advanced Technology Center has an opening for an RF systems engineer. ARS is responsible for developing beyond the state-of-the-art advanced radio systems for RCI’s future military/commercial communication and navigation radio systems.

The ideal candidate will have working experience with the concept of operations for advanced systems/technologies relevant to Department of Defense needs. Our customer base includes the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The candidate should be familiar with one or more of the following;

  • Advanced semiconductor processing and characterization
  • Analog, digital or radio frequency integrated circuits
  • Electronically scanned arrays
  • Microwave systems (transmitters, receivers, software defined radios)

Additional experience with the following is desirable;

  • Systems modeling and analysis
  • Proposal writing
  • Electronic warfare
  • Management of complex technical programs

The successful applicant will work with the Rockwell Collins Photonics Systems group to;

  • Develop innovative business opportunities
  • Either contribute to or lead proposal efforts
  • Either support or lead programs
  • Write reports detailing test results to stakeholders, including government sponsors
  • Create and manage forward looking internal R&D programs


  • Have a Bachelor’s or higher degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline.
  • Be capable of obtaining a US Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance. US Citizenship is required.
  • Have excellent written and oral communication abilities, along with confident presentation skills
  • Work well in a group environment to include engineers, technicians, and support personnel

At Rockwell Collins, we believe a solid work-life balance creates a healthy lifestyle and inspires creativity and innovation. We value our people and invest in their development, growth and success at our company by providing development opportunities through Rockwell Collins University, networking, mentoring, and tuition reimbursement.

And that’s just for starters.

Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees
  • Company-paid winter holiday shutdown for most locations
  • Generous 401(k) plan that matches 62.5 percent of the first 8 percent of eligible compensation you contribute (or 5 percent if you save 8 percent)
  • An Incentive Pay Plan based upon company performance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • And more

Interested yet? Apply now and embark on your next worthwhile adventure!

Rockwell Collins is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected status.



Primary Location

United States-Maryland-Columbia


Advanced Radio Systems



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