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Imaging Spectroscopy Associate Director

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Filter by Date: Mar 13, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44712 

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 Aerospace Corporation conducts fundamental and applied remote sensing science research to solve hard problems in Earth observation.  We are seeking a creative and motivated researcher to participate in all phases of research efforts from planning and design through field data collection, analysis, and publication. Our team offers a unique opportunity to advance our nation’s remote sensing capabilities and their application to the solving of real-world problems. Our group develops scientific and application results through the conceptualization, design, and build of innovative spectral sensors, participation in field tests, and the analysis and interpretation of resulting data. We report our results by direct interactions with customers, participation in scientific conferences, and through peer-reviewed publications.


Key Functions

  • Act as alternate for the Director, Imaging Spectroscopy Department (ISD) within the Space Science Applications Laboratory (SSAL). The ISD conducts research into technologies and techniques of imaging spectroscopy and how they relate to current and future operational systems
  • Assist with day-to-day management and technical leadership of personnel and activities
  • Assist with coordination of activities with internal and external organizations, including business development functions
  • Assure coordination of ISD activities with SSAL management
  • Assure compliance of ISD activities with relevant safety and security policies and practices



  • PhD in physics or a related technical discipline with a minimum of 10 years professional experience
  • Experience in optical sensing and spectral imaging
  • Ability to obtain and maintain SCI clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required.



  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Proficiency in active/passive optical sensing and spectral imaging methodologies, radiative transfer, and electromagnetic sensing phenomenology
  • Strong grounding in geophysical science

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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