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Senior RF Payload Engineer

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Filter by Date: May 4, 2019

Filter by Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44910 

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?



Directorate V provides on-site support within a government program office in the planning, oversight and execution of Research and Development (R&D) activities involving non-traditional signals intelligence (SIGINT) systems and technologies.  Within this scope, Aerospace provides subject-matter expertise, acquisition, mission assurance, analytic and systems engineering support.  We are looking for a Senior Radio Frequency (RF) Payload Engineer for satellite systems to aid in the development, acquisition and demonstration of SIGINT systems. 


Key Functions

  • Provide radio frequency (RF) payload expertise in the areas of signal interception and communications systems
  • Provide oversight, guidance, and technical advice on customer projects involving RF payloads for satellites 
  • Provide expertise in one or more of the following areas: antennas, RF front-ends (including low noise amplifiers, filters, limiters, multiplexers, mixers), and/or analog-to-digital converters
  • Have the technical ability and readiness to study, assess and enhance new and novel approaches to technical challenges in the RF domain
  • Work may involve system level analysis such as signal propagation and receiver system performance
  • Identify customer technical challenges and align technical expertise to address them
  • Work with other government, SETA and Aerospace engineers as a team member to solve technical problems
  • Develop and review RF payload system requirements and monitor execution of acquisition activities
  • Address and investigate a broad range of problems with a willingness to learn and tackle new problems
  • Interface frequently with program office and government personnel as an integrated on-site member of the program office
  • Review and assess data quality and mission performance of cross-mission collections.
  • Coordinate cross-mission requirements, performance and expectations across the applicable NRO Directorates and Program Offices as well as with the user community.
  • Organize and lead technical efforts and project teams while identifying, tasking, and managing appropriate Aerospace Engineering Matrix Support subject matter experts. 
  • Occasional domestic travel will be required (approximately 1 trip per month)



  • Current TS/SCI Clearance
  • Bachelor's degree in an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution
  • 12 or more years of professional experience, at least 8 of which involves spacecraft acquisition, signals intelligence systems, or RF spacecraft systems
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team consisting of customer, contractor, Aerospace and SETA personnel.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Comprehensive knowledge of RF systems, preferably in a space application.



  • Advanced degree in Engineering or an appropriate technical discipline
  • Experience working in an R&D environment
  • Working knowledge of NRO acquisition policies and processes
  • Previous experience in one or more NRO program offices
  • Experience in an NRO program office within the SIGINT systems acquisition directorate

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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

Job Segment: Engineer, RF Engineer, Security Clearance, Aerospace Engineering, Aerospace, Engineering, Government, Aviation

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