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Filter by Date: Jun 22, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44577 

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 Control Analysis Department performs satellite control system analysis for a wide range of programs. Work includes attitude and payload control, applications of estimation and filtering, and advanced vehicle dynamics. Tasks performed by section staff may include concept development, trade studies, source selections, requirements analyses, risk assessments, design analyses, simulation development, test planning and participation, operations support, and anomaly resolution. In addition to performing technical analyses as both an individual contributor as well as a team member or team leader, the Section Manager will provide technical and strategic direction and coordination for activities of subordinate staff. 


Key Functions

  • Leads and supervises section staff
  • Works closely with contractors and program offices to evaluate and develop appropriate tools and techniques; develops technical objectives with program offices and customers
  • Provides task planning, schedule, and labor estimates for proposed technical work assignments
  • Works closely with customers to coordinate tasking, report progress, resolve technical issues, and assure project success
  • Prepares written and oral reports of organization’s activities, issues, and accomplishments to higher management, subordinates, and teaming organizations
  • Recommends staffing needs, reassignments, transfers, and terminations
  • Conducts performance reviews, recommends performance improvements, career development, and promotional actions
  • Identifies opportunities for additional, expanded, and new business. Assists higher management in the evaluation and pursuit of new business opportunities
  • Implements policies, practices, and operating processes and recommends changes and improvements to supervision
  • Responsible for compliance with security monitoring, processes, and recommendations



  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, physics, mathematics or related technical discipline with at least 8 years of technical experience 
  • Experience in one or more of the following: spacecraft systems engineering, control system design and analysis, estimation theory, or advanced dynamics 
  • Experience delivering technical presentations and writing technical documentation 
  • 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.



  • Advanced degree in engineering or related technical discipline 
  • Active TS/SCI security clearance
  • Team or project leadership experience
  • Experience with one or more of the following: 
    • Spacecraft systems engineering or attitude determination and control
    • Payload pointing estimation and control
    • Advanced control techniques and applications 
    • Kalman filtering and stochastic processes
    • Modeling and simulation of control systems
    • Multibody and flexible body dynamics
    • Implementation, testing, and calibration of control systems
    • Cubesat or smallsat attitude determination and control design and operations


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 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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