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Filter by Date: Feb 5, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44728 

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 Guidance Analysis Department (GAD) provides the design and analysis support for guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) for launch vehicles and upper stages. GAD is responsible for GN&C system validation, targeting, trajectory performance, and mission certification. GAD fulfills a systems engineering and integration role for the respective disciplines. The department is dedicated to achieving total mission success while maintaining the highest level of integrity and technical excellence.

The qualified candidate works independently with both internal and external customers and with technical support, as a technical authority, consultant, primary investigator, or project leader. May lead or organize technical efforts or project teams. Interfaces between customers and Aerospace technical and management staff. May mentor less experienced MTS and serve as role model.


Key Functions

  • Assume a subject matter expert role within the department
  • Expand technical capabilities of the department, with focus on advanced guidance, navigation and control
  • Conduct independent research and development to advance the state of the art in guidance, navigation and control
  • Work closely with staff and program offices to efficiently prioritize and utilize resources to provide informed recommendations for section responsibilities
  • Lead teams to develop new capabilites and solve techical problems
  • Supports multiple programs and/or activities and frequently acts as point-of-contact for technical activities. May bring in tasks and projects beyond personal activities from internal and external sources



  • Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science or related field with 12 or more years of experience
  • Experience in guidance, navigation, and control of aerospace vehicles, rigid-body kinematics and dynamics, flight dynamics, and orbital mechanics
  • Minimum 12 years of industrial experience in the following areas:
    • Guidance and Control of aerospace vehicles, inertial navigation systems, and time-domain systems analysis applicable to aerospace vehicles
    • Mathematic modeling of aerospace vehicle dynamics including derivation of equations of motion from first principles
    • Developing 6-degrees-of-freedom computer-based vehicle simulations
    • Performing statistical analyses (e.g. Monte Carlo analysis) of aerospace vehicle performance, trajectory and targeting accuracy.
  • Experience in the following computer platforms and programming languages:
    • MATLAB/Simulink
    • Microsoft Windows and Office
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Defense security clearance, which i issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required



  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of the following computer platforms and programming languages:
    • Unix / Linux
    • C++
    • Python


Transcript Requirement



Additional Requisition Details

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.

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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