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Filter by Date: Feb 28, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44684 

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 Architecture and Design Subdivision (ADS) is an interdisciplinary systems engineering organization with wide-ranging capabilities in the areas of enterprise and systems-of-systems analysis, space and launch systems architecture, conceptual and detailed design trades and analysis at the mission and vehicle levels, algorithm development, mission evaluation, and space systems protection and resilience.  The subdivision currently includes about 80 technical staff developing and applying world-class enterprise and system architecture and design capabilities with expertise recognized across industry and academia across 5 corporate geographic locations. The Principal Systems Engineering Advisor will promote and facilitate the adoption and exploitation of emerging systems engineering technologies and capabilities within the fields of Enterprise Systems Engineering (ESE), Digital Engineering (DE), and Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) for the ADS.  This position will support Aerospace strategic focus areas such as Strategic Warfighting Construct (SWC) and resiliency, as well as enterprise engineering for future space systems and non-space customers.


Key Functions


  • Perform technology assessments and technology insertion assessments
  • Assess Aerospace and organizational capabilities and gaps in emerging systems engineering methods and recommend courses of action to improve
  • Explore the design, performance, and cost trade space to identify design drivers
  • Evaluation of architecture concepts and analysis of alternatives
  • Support design reviews and independent readiness review team, especially for digital engineering and model-based artifacts               
  • Deliver training in enterprise systems engineering and model-based systems engineering
  • Mentor staff the application of these capabilities, including graduate and undergraduate interns
  • Generally assigned to overall systems engineering efforts on major projects or to large systems with the Systems Engineering Division and across other company divisions as necessary





  • Ph.D. in Engineering or another technical discipline
  • 15 Years of technical experience in systems architecting and engineering and technology development to support national security programs and customers
  • This position requires the ability to obtain a security clearance which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance 
  • An established scholarly record and reputation in Systems Engineering Research
  • Current or recent faculty membership in a reputable university Systems Engineering program
  • Strong achievement in leadership roles in related professional organizations and systems engineering centers of excellence, such as INCOSE, IEEE, AIAA, DIA, and SERC, and their relevant societies and technical committees 


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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: None 

Access: None 

Polygraph: None 

Relocation Available:  No 

Employment Type: Casual 

Work Schedule: Part 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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