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Payload RF Electronics Engineer/ Senior Payload RF Electronics Engineer

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Filter by Date: Jan 28, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 43549 

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?


Summary of Responsibilities 
We are looking for a Payload RF Electronics Engineer/Sr. Payload RF Electronics Engineer to serve as a key member of a team supporting the planning, acquisition, and development of a system of systems.  This position is to provide mission assurance and technical leadership, while working closely with multiple contractors, program offices, government customers, and Aerospace Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).  The Payload RF Electronics Engineer/Sr. Payload RF Electronics Engineer will lead efforts with respect to the evaluation, acquisition, manufacturing, and testing of the RF subsystems of a space system payload. The Payload RF Electronics Engineer/Sr. Payload RF Electronics Engineer will also lead the relevant Aerospace Engineering Matrix organization efforts. 

Key Functions

  • Provide Radio Frequency (RF) technical expertise in systems engineering and support for acquisition, development, deployment, and sustainment of a space system payload. 
  • Provide technical leadership to Aerospace SMEs, alongside government customers, contractors, and (Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance) SETA personnel, for payload RF subsystem requirements, design, test, interfaces, and risk management. 
  • Present technical analysis and recommendations to Aerospace leadership, government customers, system contractor(s), and SETA contractors
  • Apply mission assurance standards, planning and implementation along with risk assessment processes in support of risk mitigation activities using best practices, analysis methods and associated tools.
  • Provide leadership in anomaly and root cause investigations.


Required Qualifications for Payload RF Electronics Engineer

  • B.S. degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or related technical discipline
  • Current Top Secret clearance with SSBI.
  • Minimum 8 years of progressively more responsible engineering experience
  • Prior RF engineering experience, specifically in requirements development, design, build, and test of an RF system/subsystem
  • Ability to build and manage relations and expectations with multiple levels of internal/external organizations and stakeholders
  • Ability to build consensus among multi-disciplinary teams within Integrated Product Teams and Working Groups
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship skills
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • This position requires the ability to have and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.
  • Ability to travel ~10% of the time required

In addition to the above the Senior Payload RF Electronics Engineer must have the following: 

  • Minimum 12 years of progressively more responsible engineering experience
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision 
  • Ability to work adaptively in multiple tasks in a small, diverse team, in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to proactively identify technical and programmatic risks, strategically plan for their mitigation, and lead teams to successful resolution
  • Experience in mission assurance planning/implementation; evaluation of potential architectures and associated trades
  • Prior leadership experience in in managing teams
  • Prior experience in anomaly and root cause investigations.  

Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in Electrical Engineering with RF or related technical discipline 
  • Experience in mission assurance planning/implementation; evaluation of potential architectures and associated trades (Required for Senior Payload RF Electronics Engineer position) 
  • Previous program office acquisition experience
  • Prior experience in design, development, deployment and sustainment of Department of Defense (DoD) or Intelligence Community (IC) National Security Space (NSS) missions


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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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