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Principal Director - Computing Technology & Research Subdivison

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Filter by Date: Mar 13, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44923 

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 Principal Director will manage the Computing Technology & Research Subdivison; senior staff and four departments. Staff in this subdivision are located  in El Segundo, CA, Chantilly, VA and Colorado Springs, CO.


Key Functions

  • Advance and apply technologies supporting Information Systems for National Security Space:
    • High-performance and cloud computing
    • Web services
    • Enterprise computing environments
    • Ground systems and Command and Control systems engineering
    • Embedded systems
    • Data science and analytics
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • High-level network protocols
    • Quantum computing
  • Lead subdivision activities and interaction with all subdivision Customers
  • Foster a strong research environment as the focal point for Corporate research in Information Sciences
  • Continue and grow collaboration with academia and other research organizations
  • Lead the development and communication of technical objectives for the subdivision; prioritization of technical effort; assuring the quality and timeliness of all technical products and contractual deliverables; staffing and personnel actions; budgetary and manpower allocations
  • Lead and / or participate in technical projects of importance to the company and corporate projects that advance the Corporation’s goals
  • Ensure the full capabilities of the subdivision are available to all Aerospace programs
  • Assure adherence to all applicable security and safety procedures



  • Bachelor's or advanced degree in mathematics, computer science, engineering, or related field
  • Experience performing and managing research / engineering / scientific work in progressively more responsible positions
  • Excellent personal technical reputation and a record of substantial personal technical achievement
  • Sufficient technical breadth for leadership of the subdivision
  • Management experience
  • Demonstrated leadership and research skills, including prototype development
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and management, as well as Customer, Corporate, and Contractor personnel
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Current and active DoD Secret SSBI security clearance 



  • PhD in mathematics, computer science, engineering, or related field
  • Aerospace management experience
  • Demonstrated experience creating and managing strategic research portfolios, including transitioning research findings into operational systems
  • Demonstrated experience in architecting, engineering, and acquiring satellite systems
  • Aerospace Program Office, and ETG experience highly desired
  • Familiarity with all Aerospace Customers


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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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