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Filter by Date: Feb 22, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 43543 

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 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?


Remote Sensing Department staff members conceive, design, fabricate, and operate imaging and spectroscopic sensors for space object characterization and earth remote sensing.  Such sensors have been deployed on the ground, in the air, and in space. Staff, which include astronomers, chemists, and engineers, are also responsible for analyzing the data collected.


Key Functions

  • Apply technical oversight and quality assurance to the development, maintenance, radiometric calibration, and operation of national asset spacecraft imaging and spectroscopic sensors
  • Develop, operate, and calibrate remote sensing and astronomical instrumentation
  • Conduct independent research and author successful research proposals
  • Participate in remote sensing data collects supporting scientific investigations in subject areas including sensor calibration, astronomy, remote sensing, space object identification, and space situational awareness
  • Reduce, analyze, and present results of these collects and other analyses as spoken briefs and written technical reports and journal publications




  • PhD in astronomy or astrophysics with two or more years of engineering/scientific experience
  • Experience in remote sensing, observational astronomy, infrared sensors, radiometry, and the design, fabrication, calibration, and operation of remote sensing and astronomical instrumentation
  • Experience reducing and analyzing imaging, spectroscopic, and hyperspectral data
  • Experience giving colloquiums or technical presentations
  • Technical writing experience demonstrated through a publication record
  • Willingness to travel up to 25% of the time
  • Ability to work at high altitude
  • Ability to access rooftop observatory via staircase
  • Ability to obtain and maintain an SCI security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required



  • Postgraduate experience
  • Proficiency in IDL, MatLab, Python
  • Extensive experience in observational astronomy
  • Extensive experience in instrumentation development

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: MEMBER-TECH STF 

Clearance Requirement: 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.


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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