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Communication Spectrum Engineer

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Date: Sep 12, 2017

Location: El Segundo, CA, US, 90245

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 27901 

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?


We are seeking a Communication Spectrum Engineer to provide spectrum management regulatory and policy expertise, as well as to analyze and create communication analysis tools, which can be utilized for spectrum management.  The ideal candidate will be responsible for establishing communication policy.

***This role can be supported from El Segundo, CA OR Chantilly, VA.***

Key Functions

  • Provide technical analysis and technical leadership to develop the next generation of communication architectures, requirements, and space policy.
  • Provide systems engineering and spectrum management expertise in space and terrestrial communication architectures.
  • Perform radio frequency interference analysis of communication systems to promote spectrum sharing and resolve spectrum contention issues.
  • Perform waveform and RFI analysis for frequency management, spectrum planning, spectrum registration, and space policy.
  • Provide analysis and evaluations of national and international spectrum policy activities.
  • Survey and identify trends in spectrum usage and develop new communication architectures and concepts.
  • Assess the performance of satellite and ground systems, communications links, and wireless network protocols.
  • Identify and develop new business opportunities with new and existing customers.
  • Provide independent technical leadership, mentorship, and direction to less experienced staff.
  • Coordinate tasks and participate in technical meetings with SMC, NRO, Navy, NOAA, NASA, and Civil & Commercial program office representatives.
  • Present technical and project status briefings to management and customers.
  • Travel to customer facilities.



  • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or science.
  • Minimum of 8 years relevant experience.
  • Active, or able to acquire, Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance.
  • Experience with spectrum management, spectrum policy, and spectrum regulations.
  • Strong background in communication systems, architectures, and networks.
  • Demonstrated ability to optimize architectures based on analysis, system design, coding, modulation, network, and spectrum utilization parameters.
  • Project development experience and demonstrated ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative, and customer interface skills are needed, as is a demonstrated ability to interact with customer and contractor personnel in a fast paced, multi-tasked environment.
  • Ability to present results effectively in briefings and technical reports.
  • Excellent organizational, as well as written and oral communication, skills.
  • Ability to lead and mentor team members.
  • Some travel.



  • New business development experience
  • Master's Degree or PhD in electrical engineering, communications, or systems engineering.
  • Experience with communication space policy.
  • Knowledge of International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Radio Regulations and Allocations and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) spectrum management systems and processes.
  • Working knowledge of interoperability and standards; spectrum management; protocols and infrastructures; wireless communications and network design.
  • Knowledge of various SMC and NRO programs is important, especially classified systems, MILSATCOM, terminal program offices, MUOS, GPS, AFSCN and Launch Range.
  • Experience in space systems engineering development and acquisition.
  • Experience with protected satellite communications.
  • Experience with anti-jam designs and analysis.
  • Experience with RFP/acquisition documentation development and review.


Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


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.


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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