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Filter by Date: May 8, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 43606 

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 Aerospace Corporation is seeking for a Modeling and Analysis Systems Engineering Specialist to be a part of the Systems Performance, Estimation and Algorithms Department. This position is located in El Segundo, CA.


The Systems Performance, Estimation and Algorithms Department (SPEAD) performs algorithm development and evaluation as well as concept development, systems engineering and architecture analysis support for national security space customers.  The selected candidate will provide analytical support, systems engineering and architecting, and modeling and simulation support for government customers for Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) systems for missile warning/missile defense (MW/MD) missions. 

Key Functions

  • Provide technical expertise and project leadership in the modeling and analysis of OPIR sensors and systems
  • Be the lead engineer responsible for running the Synthetic Scene Generation Model (SSGM)
  • Analyze the detection performance of OPIR systems in the presence of background clutter
  • Become a subject matter expert in the physics and phenomenology underlying current and previous versions of SSGM
  • Maintain a library of SSGM runs including location, conditions, and relevant spatial extent and time
  • Provide independent assessments and lead studies with teams of analysts derived from the most capable government/Federally Funded Research & Development Center/Systems Engineering Technical Assistance/contractor sources



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, or other related technical disciplines
  • Eight 8 years of applicable experience
  • Eligibility to obtain a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance 
  • Basic understanding of electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors, statistics, and signal processing
  • Proficiency in one or more programming languages, including Fortran, Python, Matlab,  C++ or Java
  • Experience in modeling, simulation, analysis, and algorithm development
  • Good interpersonal communication and briefing skills along with the ability to work independently and interact effectively with high-level government, Aerospace, and contractor personnel
  • Demonstrated technical leadership ability



  • Advanced technical degree
  • Current TS/SCI clearance
  • Proficiency running SSGM
  • Strong background in statistics, estimation theory, and signal processing (especially as applied to target detection)
  • Deep understanding of infrared phenomenology and background noise/clutter, including solar radiation scatter from clouds and earth surface,  atmospheric radiation, earthshine, etc
  • Broad working knowledge of current and planned OPIR/MW/MD sensor architectures

Transcript Requirement

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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Top Secret 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: None 

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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