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Associate Director Radar Processing and Analysis Department (RPAD)

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Filter by Date: Nov 27, 2018

Filter by Location: El Segundo, CA, US, 90245

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44041 

All Locations: 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 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 Associate Director (located in El Segundo, CA) assists the Director (located in Chantilly, VA) in managing the Radar Processing and Analysis Department (RPAD), focusing primarily on staff located in the El Segundo area. RPAD comprises a diverse set of highly respected engineers and scientists, who provide matrix support to a variety of government space programs of national importance.  The department utilizes knowledge of national systems, current technology and engineering judgment to advise government program office personnel and internal Aerospace customers on technical matters relating to SAR remote sensing.  Technical challenges cover a broad range of disciplines including antennas, the entire transmit and receive chain, radar system modeling, ground moving target identification, electronic warfare, maritime surveillance, image processing, algorithm development for advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar image products and exploitation.


Key Functions

  • Assist the Director in managing the Radar Processing and Analysis Department, serving as the primary responsible day-to-day manager for the Department staff located in the El Segundo area.
  • Seeks and identifies opportunities for additional, expanded and new business and assists higher management in the evaluation and pursuit of new opportunities.
  • Participates in budget planning and allocation of resources. Implements policies, practices, and operating processes and recommends improvements to higher management.
  • Reports organization’s activities, progress, and achievements through written and oral reports to management, subordinates, and customers.
  • Cooperates and communicates frequently with program offices and/or customers to coordinate and report work progress, issues, and results.
  • Conducts staff performance reviews and recommends performance improvement, career development, salary, and promotion actions.
  • Determines Department staffing needs for the El Segundo office and performs hiring activities as needed.
  • Monitors and directs the organization’s security processes, compliance, and safety awareness.
  • Directs technical activities, organizes project teams, and executes directly or through team initiation the performance of architecture conceptualization, assessment, analysis, or modeling activities.
  • Lead and participate in Radar studies, assessments, design, analysis, and modeling projects.
  • Lead and participate in program assessments, technology assessments, risk assessments, and similar tasks.
  • Develop and execute innovative methods for advancing RPAD performance modeling capabilities for a range of mission modalities (for example: SAR, MTI, Multi-statics) .
  • 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.



  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university in science, mathematics, or engineering.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and lead cross-functional, cross-organizational teams to execute studies and assessments.
  • Minimum of 10 years of technical experience in signal processing and algorithm development.
  • Ability to implement solutions to signal processing problems in languages such as IDL, MATLAB, C/C++, and Python.
  • Excellent written and communications skills.
  • Supervisory management experience.
  • Program/project management or technical leadership experience.
  • Experience with primary customers of the RPAD, particularly the National Reconnaissance Organization (NRO) or National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).
  • Current Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) U.S. Government security clearance. (US Citizenship Required).



  • 15 years of experience working with implementation and analysis of SAR system data.
  • An advanced degree in mathematics, physics or electrical engineering.
  • Broad range of computer skills/experience including LINUX development
  • Experience with systems engineering and program management for system development projects.
  • Experience with the development of analytical models and simulations and data analytic tools.
  • Experience with the development of novel processing algorithms on SAR system data.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with employees, 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.

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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

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