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Filter by Date: May 18, 2019

Filter by Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45141 

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia) 

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation.  A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves.  When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators.  Are you ready to launch your career?



The GEOINT Futures Office (GFO) Systems Engineering Department supports the systems acquisition and design integration efforts for a fast-paced National Security program. The GFO/SE department is looking for a Science & Performance Modeling Lead to provide product quality assessment and insight, support to initialization, characterization, demonstration planning and execution, and evaluation of automated image processing algorithms and software. This department functions as part of a highly-integrated acquisition team composed of government, Aerospace, and SETA personnel.

Key Functions

  • Identify, scope, and execute design or risk-reduction trade studies in support of NRO systems acquisition and enterprise integration
  • Direct predictive modeling and simulation of advanced remote sensing technologies in support of complex electro-optical satellite acquisition & associated ground processing development
  • Formulate, coordinate, and communicate technical solutions to complex space-system and enterprise level development & performance issues across federal labs, contractor, and the NRO/NGA enterprise
  • Provide technical guidance and support to the development of detailed ground and space-system enterprise test plans
  • Perform independent verification, validation and test / assessment of sensor and image processing algorithms, software, and data products
  • Coordinate with a diverse, cross-organization team to plan and execute mission characterization, demonstration, and transition activities and milestones
  • Provide on-site technical support and effectively employ Aerospace Engineering Matrix resources
  • Participate as a critical member of a joint government-FFRDC-SETA team



  • A bachelor's degree in Engineering, Remote Sensing, Physics or related technical field
  • A minimum of 12 years of progressively more responsible experience
  • Solid understanding of space systems and electro-optical remote sensing systems and/or associated data processing 
  • Ability to be proactive, work with autonomy, have excellent oral & written communication and inter-personal skills and be able to employ corporate resources effectively to address customer study needs
  • Ability to communicate with a broad range of customers, technologists, program managers, system engineers, and senior government leadership
  • Current TS/SCI, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.


  • An advanced degree  in Engineering, Remote Sensing, Physics or related technical field
  • Experience with national systems verification, test, characterization, demonstration, and operational transitions processes and procedures
  • Formal education or previous experience in systems engineering practices and procedures with an emphasis in system / architecture performance modeling, remote sensing, and/or software development
  • Experience with the development, evaluation, and/or operations of automated image processing algorithms and software
  • Experience in NRO/GEOINT and/or NGA enterprise systems and exposure to Activity-based Intelligence concepts
  • Experience with national space systems from an end-to-end perspective, broad technology exposure across space architectures, ability to perform trades across multiple systems and technology options

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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph 

Relocation Available:  Yes 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 


Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance.  U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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