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Laser Remote Sensing Scientist

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Filter by Date: Jan 28, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44625 

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 Lidar and Sensor Calibration Section of the Photonic Technologies Department at The Aerospace Corporation has an opening for a highly motivated scientist to conceive, design, and conduct experimental research and technology development in advanced laser remote sensing in support of national security space programs.  The successful applicant will support these activities through physics-based modeling of optical systesms, evaluation and reserach into state-of-the art component technologies, and the design, build, and test of system prototypes.  Familiarity with optical physics, lasers, detectors, and/or spectroscopic techniques is critical.  Familiarity with (or interest in) lidar systems, optical telescopes, signal processing, and photonics is highly desired.  The applicant will work independently or as a member of interdisciplinary project teams to support both internal and external customers as a technical authority, consultant, primary investigator, or project leader.  The applicant may lead or organize technical efforts or project teams and support the professional development of junior staff as a mentor.


Key Functions

  • Conduct laboratory research to understand and improve the state-of-the art technolgies for active remote sensing systems
  • Design, build, and test prototypes of advanced sensors
  • Develop and execute modeling/simulation tools to understand link budgets and trade space for the design of laser remote sensing systems 
  • Assess contractor simulation models and results; verify results using alternative methods and approaches
  • Participate in interdisciplinary and inter-organizational teams and external collaborations on programs within areas of research
  • Devise and recommend improvements in data reduction and analysis methods
  • Prepare reports and presentations to document knowledge generation and outcomes of customer/contractor support
  • Support offsite field campaigns or customer meetings as required



  • Master's degree or Ph.D. in applied physics, optics, electrical engineering, chemistry, or a closely related field
  • Experience or coursework in optical system design, lasers, optical detectors, lidar systems, or applied laser spectroscopy
  • Experience or coursework in instrument control and data acquisition software such as LabView, and data analysis/computational simulation software such as MatLab, Mathematica or Python
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance



  • Ph.D. in applied physics, optics, electrical engineering, chemistry, or a closely related field
  • Familiarity with solid-state laser technology, elecro-optic materials and techniques, and nonlinear optical materials and techniques
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers and customers

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


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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