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Filter by Date: Jun 27, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44838 

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 Flight Mechanics Department performs high-fidelity 3 Degrees of Freedom (3DOF) trajectory analysis for launch vehicles, spacecraft, reentry vehicles, ballistic missiles and hypersonic vehicles. This work can be performed for existing programs as well as for proposed or emerging concepts. Optimal control, hypersonics, and resiliency are the key areas looking forward. As the Flight Mechanics Associate Director, you will be vital in aligning concepts between our internal Aerospace departments and the customer, while also directing activities to push new and emerging ideas forward.


Key Functions

  • Provide resiliency and hypersonics centers of excellence
  • Foster increasing level of high-fidelity resiliency simulation capability (cleared staff, expertise)
  • New business development in the department's growth areas
  • Manage department research portfolio (ATIP, iLab Ventures, etc.)
  • Coordinate with the System Engineering Division (SED) System Analysis and Simulation Subdivision (SASS) on resource allocation and tasking
  • Spearhead department efforts to grow presence at other Aerospace locations, such as Colorado Springs
  • Supervise in-house software tool development activities



  • Bachelor’s degree in a science or engineering related field
  • Experience with trajectory simulation, optimization theory and implementation, and optimal control theory and implementation
  • Basic programming ability in one or more compiled computer languages such as: C, C++, or Fortran
  • Basic programming ability in one or more computer scripting languages such as: Python, Matlab, or Perl
  • Experience with hypersonic trajectory design
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required



  • 12 or more years of progressively responsible professional engineering/scientific experience
  • Experience using the Unix operating system
  • Experience working in classified computing environments
  • Experience with parallel computing environments, including parallelized scripting of simulation tools
  • Demonstrated history of effective communication with customer personnel, including senior decision makers
  • Effective cross-organization and cross-program communication and coordination skills


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Additional Requisition Details

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.

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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