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Filter by Date: Feb 8, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 43966 

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?


Are you interested in building software-defined radios that use artificial intelligence cores for signal and image classification? Do you want to teach radios how to learn to autonomously communicate? Then join team Platypus at the Aerospace Corporation’s Digital Communications Implementation Department where we are growing our team of data scientists for applied digital communications.  We use software defined radios and FPGA technology to design and create digital transceivers.  We are looking for an engineer with a solid background in digital communication and signal processing that also has knowledge of machine learning concepts and architectures. You need to be extremely hands-on to qualify for this position since we go beyond analysis and simulation to build working intelligent software radios.

We are looking for an engineer who’s interested in studying how to replace or compliment classic digital communication techniques with machine learning approaches.


To be successful in this role you must have a practical data science and preferably signal processing experience. For this position, we are looking for someone who is able to lead small groups of engineers and work in a team environment with our current staff of data scientists and signal processing senior engineers. Additionally, you should be eager to explore modern techniques and unconventional methods for algorithm design and problem-solving.


Key Functions

  • Work in a digital communication team whose main objective is to solve signal processing / digital communication problems using state-of-the-art techniques
  • This position requires a strong theoretical digital communication and signal processing foundation
  • Experience required in Data Science which includes: data-centric problem formulation, data cleaning hands-on experience as well as classification, regression and reinforcement learning knowledge
  • Conduct specialized technical studies, lead internal research and development efforts
  • Candidate should be eager to explore modern techniques and unconventional methods for algorithm design and problem-solving
  • We are looking for a person who can work and lead small groups of engineers. The nature of our work requires the candidate to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • We expect the chosen candidate to be able to be an active software developer in some of the programming languages described below and to pass a coding interview



  • Minimum of 5 - 8 years of experience since obtaining a bachelor's degree.
  • Experience in data science projects.
  • Experience in signal processing and digital communications.
  • Familiarity with more than one of the following programming languages: Python, C/C++ and MATLAB within Unix/Linux programming environments.
  • Working knowledge of Machine Learning libraries in any language. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.



  • Advanced degree in the area of digital communications, computer science, machine learning or signal processing.
  • Experience working with Linux, and development on a Linux platform.
  • Hands-on experience implementing data-science solutions in Python.
  • Familiarity with TensorFlow, Keras, PyTorch and scikit-learn.
  • Familiarity with GNU Radio.
  • Experience in implementing data science algorithms on GPUs.
  • Familiarity with Agile methodology.
  • Current and active secret and special access clearances.


Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: MEMBR-TCH STF SR 

Clearance Requirement: 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, 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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