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Filter by Date: Jan 11, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 42706 

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?


The Aerospace Corporation’s Communication Architectures Department performs trade studies, analyses, and simulations to optimize the overall communications performance of terrestrial, satellite, launch vehicle, and ground based systems. We are seeking a Communications Engineer that can work in communication systems for both satellite and terrestrial applications. Our multidisciplinary staff defines the architectures to ensure cutting edge, state of the art high performance communications and coordinates the activities of related engineering specialties to ensure mission objectives are achieved. Join us on the leading edge of communication systems and architectures development.


***This role can be filled as an Aerospace Member of Technical Staff or Senior Member of Technical Staff***

***This role can be supported from our location in El Segundo, CA or Chantilly, VA***


Key Functions

  • Provide communication theory expertise including assessment of payloads, terminals and satellite enterprise systems
  • Provide technical analysis and develop simulation tools to assess communication system performance and to developing the next generation of communication architectures requirements
  • Assess the performance of satellite and ground systems, communications links, and wireless networks
  • Perform radio frequency interference analysis and modeling between communication systems to promote spectrum sharing and spectrum contention issues
  • Survey and identify trends in spectrum usage and develop new communication architectures and concepts
  • Present technical and project status briefings to management and customers
  • Travel to customer facilities



  • Degree from an accredited university in Electrical Engineering or another related field  
  • Minimum of 2 years relevant experience
  • Active, or able to acquire, Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance (US citizenship required)
  • Strong background in communications systems
  • Ability to present results effectively in briefings and technical reports
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to work and learn new concepts that go beyond communications engineering



  • Master's Degree or PhD in engineering or related field
  • Active Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance
  • Theoretical understanding in modern space and terrestrial communications
  • Strong software and tool development skills
  • Experience with terrestrial communications (4G, 5G LTE)
  • Experience with spectrum management


Required for consideration as a Senior Member of Technical Staff

  • Degree from an accredited university in Electrical Engineering or another related field
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience
  • Active, or able to acquire, Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance (US citizenship required)
  • Demonstrated understanding of modern space and terrestrial communications
  • Strong analysis, problem-solving and communications tool development skills both independently and in a team setting
  • Strong presentation skills in briefings and technical reports to upper-level management 
  • Excellent organizational, as well as written and oral, communication skills


Preferred for Senior Member of Technical Staff 

  • Master's Degree or PhD in engineering or related field
  • Experience with spectrum management
  • Knowledge of various government programs that include SMC, NRO and commercial satellite systems
  • Experience with terrestrial communications (4G, 5G LTE)
  • Experience with protected communications

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: MEMBER-TECH STF 

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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