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Electronics and Photonics Principal Director

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Filter by Date: Jan 12, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44335 

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 Electronics and Photonics Laboratory (EPL) conducts research, development and analytical tasks in the application of electron and optical physics to space systems.  Its expertise and capabilities range over nine orders of magnitude in electron and photon energies.  Its efforts are focused on three important spacecraft technologies: energy, microelectronics and photonics.  EPL comprises three departments that support space programs employing those technologies, and EPL scientists directly support virtually all National Security Space Programs.


Key Functions

  • Provide strategic direction and priorities for EPL staff
  • Maintain, improve and develop technical capabilities of EPL appropriate to customer base
  • Manage EPL personnel
  • Guide recruitment and professional development of EPL staff
  • Manage EPL support to NSG, SSG, DSG and CSG programs
  • Responsible for off-ceiling projects under direct EPL cognizance
  • Manage EPL overhead, capital and facilities budgets
  • Communicate corporate and PSL policies to EPL staff; communicate EPL staff needs/concerns to PSL management
  • Encourage timely publication and dissemination of scientific and technical results from EPL



  • Advanced degree in physical sciences, engineering or related discipline with at least 15 years of laboratory experience
  • Experience managing an organization
  • Experience giving technical presenations and writing technical documentaiton 
  • Current SCI clearance



  • Familiarity with technical disciplines supported by EPL
  • Ability to interact effectively with senior level Aerospace, government and contractor personnel
  • Ability to attract and maintain high quality staff

Transcript Requirement



Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

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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