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Filter by Date: Jul 11, 2019

Filter by Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45265 

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 Space Systems Architecture Engineer performs architecture assessment, modeling, analysis, and conceptual design activities as a member of the Space Architecture Department (SAD). SAD provides expertise in architecture methods, processes, and tools to an extremely broad range of customers, including Defense and Intelligence Community programs and civil space agency programs. Members of SAD support and lead architecture development activities through the execution of trade studies, technology assessments, strategic road mapping, program analyses, and modeling ranging in complexity from prototype systems to enterprise architectures. SAD applies disciplined system architecting principles and leads cross-functional teams to address a wide array of decision problems facing our customers.





Key Functions


  • Use, develop, and integrate analytical methods and tools to evaluate architectural concepts and system conceptual designs for cost, schedule, performance, risk, and resilience to disruptive events or threats
  • Lead and participate in technology assessments and process development tasks in support of architecture conceptualization and development
  • Apply disciplined system architecting methods, processes, and tools, such as the Aerospace System Architecting Method championed by Eberhardt Rechtin and Mark Maier, and the Architecture Design and Evaluation process for architecture-level trades, in a broad range of architecture-level assessment, modeling, analysis, and conceptual design activities
  • Develop and execute innovative methods for advancing the state of the practice of model-based systems engineering (MBSE) to enhance our customers' ability to conduct systems engineering across the architecture lifecycle.
  • Closely collaborate with other Aerospace personnel to marshal technical expertise in multiple technical disciplines and domains to enable concurrent engineering approaches to address complex problems
  • Work with Aerospace program office, customer, and contractor personnel to elicit and identify needs, requirements, and constraints for studies; scope, plan, and execute studies; and effectively communicate task status, methods, results, and recommendations in briefings and formal technical reports






  • A Bachelor’s degree in science, mathematics, or engineering
  • Minimum of 8 years of technical experience in space, aviation, and/or defense domains
  • Significant experience in systems engineering and project management
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and lead cross-functional, cross-organizational teams to execute studies and assessments
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with customers, Aerospace program offices, and contractors
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present methods and results effectively in briefings, formal reports, and informal communications
  • A current U.S. Government Top Secret security clearance and ability to obtain a SCI







  • Experience with systems engineering and program management for system development projects
  • Experience in methods and processes for early life cycle systems engineering and system acquisition
  • Experience with Government and commercial acquisition methods and processes
  • Experience with technology assessment, supply chain risk assessment, and/or industrial health assessment
  • Experience with cost analysis, business case analysis, economic analysis, and earned value management analysis
  • Familiarity with spacecraft, payloads, ground systems, launch systems, missile systems, and/or aircraft systems
  • Knowledge of space architecture conceptual design, analysis, and concurrent engineering techniques
  • Experience with architecture modeling and/or system modeling for MBSE
  • Experience with the development of analytical models and simulations, data analytic tools, and cost/economic models
  • A Master’s or Doctorate degree in science, mathematics, or engineering and/or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree
  • Current TS/SCI with SSBI, issued by the U.S. governement.

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Top Secret 

Access: None 

Polygraph: None 

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, 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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