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Filter by Date: Jan 12, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 40207 

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 and Specialized Computing Department are seeking early career applicants interested in building leading edge software products and systems.  Members of this group provide design and implementation support to a wide range of customers including internal Aerospace customers, national stakeholders, and global commercial customers.



  • We are looking for a software engineer with a blended skillset: digital hardware familiarity, firmware, code on Linux and other platforms, e.g., Android, cloud.  Familiarity with UI/UX technologies and web technologies.
  • We rapidly move ideas from basic concept to brass board demonstration in relevant environments using a variety of technologies and are always looking for quality minds. 
  • We value curiosity and the internal drive to learn.
  • Previous projects within this group have included CubeSat spacecraft development, autonomous vehicle sensor networks, ground and on-orbit modems leveraging FPGAs, GPU-accelerated signal processing, and sensor fusion among others.


This position can be hired as an Associate Member of Technical Staff (AMTS) or Member of Technical Staff (MTS)



  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or another related discipline to be considered for the AMTS role
  • Master's degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical, or another related discipline to be considered for the MTS role 
  • 0-1 years of experience
  • Proficient in C programming.  
  • Working knowledge with one or more of: Python, C++, JavaScript, Java.
  • Familiarity with the Linux platform as both user and developer: tools, application development workflow, system programming.
  • Familiarity with laboratory tools such as oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, power supplies, and multimeters.
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.


  • Understanding of real-time, embedded, size and power constrained systems.  Linux system bring-up a plus, e.g., U-Boot and Linux customization on Xilinx Zynq FPGA boards.  
  • FPGA development and HDL (Verilog, VHDL) experience.
  • Working knowledge of firmware development (baremetal or RTOS) on Arm Cortex-M/R/A microcontrollers or SoCs.
  • Working knowledge of typical hardware interfaces: I2C, SPI, GPIO, UART, etc.  Working knowledge of typical subsystems (e.g., eMMC, raw NAND, etc.) and associated system level software integration.
  • Working knowledge of typical networking stack and architectural principles: Ethernet, TCP/IP suite, HTTP, web services, e.g., REST.
  • General, background familiarity with web technologies: databases, SQL, front-end frameworks, e.g., Angular/React/Ember/Backbone/Bootstrap.
  • Familiarity with distributed (edge) computing. 
  • Working knowledge of ROS is a plus.

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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: MTS-ASSOCIATE 

Clearance Requirement: Secret 

Access: None 

Polygraph: None 

Relocation Available:  [[relo]] 

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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