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Filter by Date: Feb 21, 2019

Filter by Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44122 

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia); El Segundo, CA (California)  

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 clandestine 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?


Provide technical support to DOD, NRO, civil, and commercial programs in areas of performance and survivability of electronic components, subsystems, and systems in the space environment.  Will serve as a resource in assessing and analyzing a range of on-orbit performance and survivability issues related to space electronics and space systems.  Will employ standard electrical engineering analysis techniques and simulation tools to characterize and assess performance and survivability of electronic components for launch and space vehicle subsystems and components.  Will assist military space programs in identifying and investigating anomalous behavior related to survivability.  Will participate in interagency teams in addressing and resolving performance and survivability issues related to space electronics.  Will support mission assurance activities related to the survivability of space systems.  Will apply diverse expertise across the corporation to define integrated solutions to customer problems.  Will represent the Electrical Systems Assurance Department both within and outside of Aerospace for purposes of business solicitations and information dissemination, including preparing highlights for senior management, organizing and presenting technical reviews, and reporting on activities to management. Will work independently with both internal and external customers and with technical support, as a technical authority, consultant, primary investigator, or project leader.


***This position can be filled as an Aerospace Engineering Specialist or Senior Engineering Specialist***  

***This position can be supported from the Aerospace location in Chantilly, VA or El Segundo, CA***


Key Functions

  • Conducts specialized technical studies and reports findings.
  • Coordinates specific technical assignments for designated discipline or organizations.
  • Provides technical advice to management, customers, and associate contractors.
  • Initiates development of advanced analytical techniques, concepts, and/or design criteria for subsystems.
  • May lead project teams within a department.
  • Supports multiple programs and/or activities and frequently acts as point-of-contact for technical activities.
  • May bring in tasks and projects beyond personal activities from internal and external sources.



  • Degree from an accredited university in electrical engineering, physics, or another related field.
  • working knowledge of electrical and electronic circuit and systems fundamentals. 
  • At least eight years applicable experience in space vehicle and/or spacecraft electronics engineering with emphasis on space electronics survivability in a radiation environment. 
  • Broad experience in space systems engineering, procurement, integration and test.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply engineering skills and best practices to the resolution of complex problems in survivability of electrical and electronic systems
  • Demonstrated ability to provide independent evaluations and application of engineering techniques, procedures and criteria, in making adaptations and modifications. 
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative, and customer interface skills, working in a fast-paced, multi-tasking, results-oriented environment. 
  • Current and active Top Secret clearance with SCI access. (US Citizenship Required).


Required for consideration as a Senior Engineering Specialist (In Addition)

  • Proven leadership skills, including a history of successful project management and team leadership in electronics survivability.
  • The capability of leading and contributing to the efforts of multi-disciplinary teams while mentoring junior engineers.
  • At least twelve years applicable experience in space vehicle and/or spacecraft electronics engineering with emphasis on space electronics survivability in a radiation environment.
  • Extensive knowledge of the aerospace industry and its contractors and subcontractors.
  • Extensive experience working with space programs and resolving problems related to survivability of electrical systems.



  • Eight or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering/scientific experience, including experience in a systems engineering and/or program management environment.
  • Experience in supporting mission assurance activities for space systems.



Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details


Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: Full Scope 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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