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Filter by Date: May 24, 2019

Filter by Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44850 

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 Advanced Sensor Engineering Department (ASED) is a group of engineers and scientists actively engaged in developing the next generation of remote sensing systems of national importance.  ASED members develop and test prototype sensors, model system performance, explore new phenomenology, and assess the performance of EO components through modeling and simulation.


Key Functions

  • Model sensor and spacecraft performance.
  • Develop demonstration prototype payloads for airborne flight and cubesat demonstrations. 
  • Perform laboratory testing of advanced EO sensors and other technologies, developing new testing capabilities as necessary.
  • Document and present findings to colleagues and customers
  • Travel as necessary to support customer requirements (< 10%).



  • Degree from an accredited university in Physics, Optical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or another appropriate technical discipline.
  • At least 2 years of experience with at least one of the following:
    • Data Analysis and modeling of remote sensing EO systems
    • Development or modeling of spacecraft sub-systems
  • Strong scientific programming skills: Matlab, IDL, Python, etc.
  • Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative environment.
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.



  • Project leadership experience, including coordination between multiple teams on a common project.
  • An advanced degree in Physics, Optical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or another appropriate technical discipline.
  • Current and active TS/SCI.

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Top Secret 

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

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