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Filter by Date: Jan 12, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 43299 

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?


We are seeking an entry-level, early career Satellite Communication Architectures Engineer to assist in the systems development life cycle of both classified and unclassified communication satellites, payloads, terminals, and systems.


The Communication Architectures Department performs trade studies, analyses, and simulations to optimize the overall communications performance of satellite, launch vehicle, and ground-based systems.  We define, develop, and analyze robust satellite topologies, evaluate modulation and coding combinations, and select RF bands for on-orbit operations based on propagation characteristics and regulatory constraints.  Our multidisciplinary staff defines the architectures to ensure cutting edge, state of the art high-performance communications and coordinates the activities of related engineering specialties to ensure mission objectives are achieved.



  • Development and assessment of communication payloads, terminals, and satellite enterprise systems
  • Provide technical analysis under technical leadership to develop the next generation of communication architectures and requirements
  • Design, analyze, and simulate space and terrestrial communication system architectures and create communication analysis tools
  • Develop and assess the performance of satellite and ground systems, communications links, signal processing algorithms, and wireless network protocols
  • Survey and identify trends to develop ground-breaking communication architectures and concepts
  • Facilitate spectrum management
  • Perform waveform and RFI analysis for frequency management, spectrum planning, and spectrum registration
  • Assist in the development of new business opportunities with new and existing customers
  • Work under the technical leadership, mentorship, and direction of more experienced staff
  • Coordinate tasks and participate in technical meetings with SMC, NRO, Navy, NOAA, NASA, and Civil & Commercial program office representatives
  • Present technical and project status briefings to management and customers
  • Travel to customer facilities


This position can be filled as a Member of Technical Staff or Senior Member of Technical Staff. 



  • Master's degree from an accredited university in Engineering or Science to be considered for the Member of Technical Staff role
  • Ph.D. degree from an accredited university in Engineering or Science to be considered for the Senior Member of Technical Staff role
  • 0-1 year of industry related experience
  • Ability to obtain Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance
  • Strong background in communication systems, architectures, and networks
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative, and customer interface skills  
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with customer and contractor personnel in a fast-paced, multi-tasked environment
  • Ability to present results effectively in briefings and technical reports
  • Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills



  • Active DoD Secret Clearance or active TS/SCI
  • Demonstrated ability to architect, design, analyze and specify both TS/SCI satellite systems and MILSATCOM/AEHF satellite communication architectures, corresponding specifications, interface control documents, and terminal planning constraints
  • Demonstrated ability to optimize architectures based on analysis, system design, coding, modulation, network, and spectrum utilization parameters
  • Project development experience and demonstrated the ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams
  • New business development experience
  • Technical leadership experience in hardware and software development
  • Experience in enterprise level satellite communications risk reduction testing, developmental testing and/or operational testing
  • Working knowledge of interoperability and standards; spectrum management; protocols and infrastructures; wireless communications and network design
  • Knowledge of various SMC and NRO programs is important, especially classified systems, MILSATCOM, terminal program offices, MUOS, GPS, AFSCN and Launch Range
  • Experience with protected satellite communications
  • Experience with anti-jam designs and analysis
  • Experience with RFP/acquisition documentation development and review
  • Experience with spectrum management
  • Ability to lead and mentor team members

Transcript Requirement

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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: MEMBER-TECH STF 

Clearance Requirement: Top Secret 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: None 

Relocation Available:  [[relo]] 

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.


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, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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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