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Filter by Date: May 21, 2019

Filter by Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44635 

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 Digital Electronics and Electromagnetics Department is seeking a CubeSat payload engineer interested in developing CubeSat payloads focused on RF missions.  The department has extensive prototyping and proof of concept development capabilities for RF and signals applications. A long history of department projects has included antennas, RF electronics and high-speed signal processing.  The department is expanding into the realm of CubeSat payload development.  In the near term, this will involve internal research and development funds to create breadboard, brassboard, and ultimately flight payloads. The work will involve concept development, design, assembly, and test stages for CubeSat payloads.  This posting is targeted toward an engineer with some CubeSat experience that has background/knowledge in either RF or digital signal processing that would enjoy the challenge of developing unique RF payloads for the size, weight, and power constrained vehicles that are CubeSats.


***This position can be filled as an Aerospace Member of Technical Staff or Senior Member of Technical Staff *** 


Key Functions

  • Design, fabricate, assemble, test and integrate CubeSat RF payloads from breadboard to flight hardware
  • Perform simulations, building, and testing of payload breadboards / prototypes
  • Work with system requirements and bus engineers to define interfaces and functionality
  • Assist in verification of requirements and interfaces
  • Perform environmental tests of payload components involving thermal chambers, RF chambers, vacuum chambers and shake tables
  • Work with CubeSat payload project manager and review teams



  • Degree from an accredited university in electrical engineering, computer engineering, aerospace engineering, physics or another related technical discipline.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience post-bachelor degree (graduate school counts as experience).
  • Experience working on a CubeSat or similar system.
  • Basic understanding of RF/antennas, digital signal processing, FPGAs or software defined radios.
  • Hands-on engineering/physics laboratory experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.


Required for consideration as a Senior Member of Technical Staff (In Addition)

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience (post-bachelor degree).
  • Experience working with RF chamber or environmental testing such as temperature chambers, vacuum chambers or shake tables.
  • Strong understanding of RF/antennas, digital signal processing, FPGAs or software defined radios.



Advanced degree in the area of engineering, CubeSats, digital signal processing or RF/antennas.

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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: MEMBER-TECH STF 

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.


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, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

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