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Filter by Date: Jul 1, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45113 

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?

Responsibilities

The Integrated Sensor Design and Analysis Department supports electro-optical payload development by performing systems engineering analysis in a concurrent engineering environment. Systems are evaluated from an optical, thermal, and structural perspective. We support the optical design, analysis, and testing of sensor systems from short-turnaround prototypes to Class A satellites.  

 

Key Functions

  • Develop, model, and analyze the optical design of electro-optical space-based systems including quick-turnaround prototypes and cubesats using standard ray tracing tools.
  • Generate novel sensor concepts to meet evolving customer requirements, experience with opto-mechanical designs for implementation and build is a plus.
  • Provide performance analysis of electro-optical sensor systems for assessing proposed designs and developing technical performance requirements.
  • Interact with senior staff and department management to solve challenging technical problems that arise on EO sensor system programs. 

 

This role can be filled as an Aerospace Senior Member of Technical Staff or Engineering Specialist

Qualifications

Required

  • Degree from an accredited university in optics, physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or another related discipline.
  • 5+ years of experience in lens design of electro-optical remote sensing space-based systems.
  • Must be able to perform detailed optical system design and analysis using optical ray tracing software such as CodeV or Zemax. 
  • Strong computer programming skills in an engineering application environment such as MATLAB, ENVI/IDL, or Mathematica.
  • Good analytical skills in electro-optical system performance evaluation including radiometry, optical design and testing, and sensor performance metrics.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work interactively and effectively with Air Force and government customers, and with contractor personnel.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information TS/SCI SSBI security clearance. 


Preferred  

  • Advanced degree.

 

Requirements for Engineering Specialist

Required

  • Degree from an accredited university in optics, physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or another related discipline.
  • 8+ years of experience in lens design of electro-optical remote sensing space-based systems.
  • Extensive experience performing detailed optical system design and analysis using optical ray trace code software such as CodeV or Zemax.
  • Strong computer programming skills in an engineering application environment such as MATLAB, ENVI/IDL, or Mathematica.
  • Good analytical skills in electro-optical system performance evaluation including radiometry, optical design and testing, and sensor performance metrics.
  • Demonstrated team leadership experience and mentoring of junior staff.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work interactively and effectively with Air Force and government customers, and with contractor personnel.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information TS/SCI SSBI security clearance. 

Preferred 

  • Advanced degree.

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.

 

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 ieo.mailbox@aero.org. 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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