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Embedded Control Systems Software Developer

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Date: Aug 31, 2017

Location: El Segundo, CA, US, 90245

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 21241 

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?


The Embedded Control Systems Department performs independent verification and validation of flight software embedded within avionics systems aboard launch vehicles, spacecraft, and other space systems. 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 hardware and software testbeds to test the software to assess its readiness for flight. In addition, we develop and test real-time embedded software for picosats and other emerging technologies.


Key Functions

  • Develop software for real-time embedded systems.
  • Conduct tests and perform analyses of software systems embedded within launch vehicles, spacecraft, picosats, and other mission-critical components of space systems.
  • 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.
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of these simulations to support software validation, on-orbit anomaly resolution, and day-of-launch mission assurance activities.
  • Develop tools and techniques for enhancing analysis and simulation capabilities.



  • Applicant must be able to obtain and maintain a DOD security clearance.
  • Bachelor’s degree in aerospace, mechanical, or electrical engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics or related field(s) required.  Master’s degree or higher is strongly preferred.



  • 2 or more years of increasingly responsible and related engineering/scientific experience
  • Coursework or experience relevant to dynamics, control systems, software development, software testing, or modeling/simulation
  • Coursework or experience relevant to launch vehicles and/or spacecraft
  • A working knowledge of C or C++
  • A working knowledge of object oriented design and implementation
  • Familiarity with Unix/Linux operating systems
  • A working knowledge of one or more of the following programming languages:  Matlab/Simulink, Fortran, Ada, Java, VBA, Python, Perl and/or Assembly
  • Experience in developing and/or testing real-time embedded software
  • Experience with real-time operating systems, VHDL/FPGA programming, microprocessors, and electronics, LabVIEW
  • Other favorable attributes include the following
    • Organization skills
    • Problem solving
    • Cooperativeness
    • Initiative
    • Decision-making
    • Leadership capability
    • Proclivity towards mentorship
    • performing above minimum expectations
    • Ability to multitask & handle high workload
    • Strong verbal and written communications

Transcript Requirement

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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: MEMBER-TECH STF  

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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