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General Manager, Physical Sciences Laboratories

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Filter by Date: Mar 20, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44823 

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?


We are seeking a dynamic, collaborative leader with a passion for research and technology who is ready to help shape of future of Aerospace. Physical Sciences Laboratories is a leader in space-related science and technology with long history of providing innovative scientific research and assessments for our customers. In this newly created role, you will lead a world class team of approximately 250 engineers and scientists. As the General Manger, Physical Sciences Laboratories, you will also be responsible for partnering with the Office of the Chief Technology Officer and other organizations within the Engineering and Technology Group on research and technology activities through concept and delivery.

This highly visible position includes regular engagement with senior Aerospace leaders and their staff.


The position is located in El Segundo, CA and reports to the Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology Group.


Key Functions

  • Lead and manage a dynamic team of world-class engineers and scientists
  • Establish the organizations strategic priorities
  • Support the corporate-level strategy by ensuring it is filtered down to relevant goals for each group, while maintaining alignment between all laboratories
  • Preserve, develop, and advance scientific capabilities of PSL
  • Creative problem-solver who can who independently and drive for results
  • Manage a large capital and overhead budget
  • Develop and implement innovative methodologies that continually strengthen the organization
  • Provide strategic direction to PSL leaders and staff members
  • Lead recruitment activities and professional development of PSL staff members
  • Identify and pursue technical collaborations within Aerospace
  • Lead interactions with the external science community
  • Proactively build relationships with customers, internal and external
  • Manage corporate metrology office, including EMI practices corporately.
  • Collaborate with other ETG laboratories on activities of mutual interest such as safety



  • Advanced degree in physical sciences, engineering or related technical discipline
  • Laboratory experience
  • Excellent people management skills
  • Current SCI access
  • Deep knowledge of space industry and customers
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced, dynamic environment during a time of great change
  • Cross-functional collaboration and leadership skills, with the ability to make critical decisions and influence others
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to establish rapport and build trust quickly at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to travel



  • Ph.D.
  • Experience working in customer-facing organizations

Transcript Requirement



Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: None 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: None 

Relocation Available:  Yes 

Employment Type: Corporate Officers 

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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