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Filter by Date: Feb 1, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 43873 

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 Embedded Control Systems Department performs independent verification and validation of flight software embedded within avionics systems aboard launch vehicles and spacecraft. Our multidisciplinary staff provides technical oversight throughout the flight software development process, from requirements definition to day-of-launch and on-orbit operations. We develop high-fidelity closed-loop simulators and test the software to assess its readiness for flight. In addition, we develop and test real-time embedded software for emerging technologies including picosats, robotics, UAS, and hosted payloads. This position is for the Section Manager of the Control Software Analysis section within the department.


Key Functions

  • Conduct tests and perform analyses of software systems embedded within launch vehicles, spacecraft, picosats, and other mission-critical components of space systems
  • Conduct independent research and development to advance the state of the art in flight software testing and data analysis capabilities
  • Develop and operate hardware-in-the-loop, software-in-the-loop, and emulator-based simulations including models of sensor, actuator, and vehicle dynamics to assess closed-loop performance of embedded control systems
  • Support launch, initialization, and on-orbit mission operations
  • Support flight software verification through requirements analyses, design and code peer reviews, and unit test inspections and analyses
  • Work closely with staff and program offices to efficiently prioritize and utilize resources to provide informed recommendations for section responsibilities
  • Coordinate and assume responsibility for preparation and presentation of technical reports, briefings, and analyses prepared by section staff
  • Expand technical capabilities of the section, with focus on automation, continuous integration, and AI
  • Recommend staffing needs, post new job requisitions, and participate in the assessment and eventual hiring of candidates
  • Provide guidance for professional growth of section staff through formal performance reviews and informal feedback and mentoring sessions
  • Other managerial responsibilities include the pursuit of new business opportunities, contributions to the achievement of corporate initiatives, and other supervisory tasks



  • Master’s degree in an engineering or scientific discipline and typically five or more years of embedded systems experience
  • Experience with software development, particularly for the embedded real-time systems
  • Experience working with/around software development processes
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD secret security clearance; which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Ability to travel



  • PhD in engineering or scientific discipline
  • Strong background in space systems and software development processes
  • Experience relevant to dynamics and control systems
  • Experience developing and using software- and hardware-in-the-loop testbeds to validate flight software
  • An active SCI clearance or current (<4 years old) SSBI

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details

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.

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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