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Filter by Date: Jul 9, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44809 

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 Embedded and Specialized Computing Department is seeking a Firmware Engineer interested in building leading edge software products and systems.  Members of this group provide design and implementation support to a wide range of customers including internal Aerospace customers, national stakeholders, and global commercial customers.


Key Functions

  • Seeking a software engineer with a blended skillset: digital hardware familiarity, firmware, code on Linux and other platforms, e.g., Android, cloud. 
  • We rapidly move ideas from basic concept to brass board demonstration in relevant environments using a variety of technologies and are always looking for quality minds. 
  • We value curiosity and the internal drive to learn.
  • Previous projects within this group CubeSat spacecraft/payload development, Trusted execution environments, and edge computing platforms


This role can be filled as a Senior Firmware Engineer or a Lead Firmware Engineer.


Required for Senior Firmware Engineer

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or another related technical area of study
  • 5 or more years of professional industry experience in firmware or embedded engineering 
  • Proficiency in C/C++. 
  • Experience with ARM architecture
  • Working knowledge of typical hardware interfaces: I2C, SPI, GPIO, UART, etc. 
  • Familiarity with laboratory tools such as oscilloscopes, power supplies and multimeters.
  • Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.


Required for Lead Firmware Engineer

  • Bachelor or Master of Science in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering
  • 8 or more years of professional industry experience in firmware or embedded engineering
  • Ability to complete complex tasking with little to no supervision.
  • High aptitude for leadership and ability to mentor junior engineers. 



  • Understanding of real-time, embedded, size and power constrained systems.  Linux system bring-up a plus, e.g., U-Boot and Linux customization on Xilinx Zynq FPGA boards. 
  • FPGA development and HDL (Verilog, VHDL) experience.
  • Deep experience with the Linux platform: kernel, file-systems, boot loaders, and device driver architecture.
  • Working knowledge of typical subsystems (e.g., eMMC, raw NAND, etc.) and associated system level software integration.
  • Working knowledge of typical networking stack and architectural principles: Ethernet, TCP/IP suite, HTTP, web services, e.g., REST.
  • Board bring up experience is a plus.
  • Familiarity with Trusted Execution Environments like ARM TrustZone and Intel SGX.
  • Familiarity with distributed/edge computing. 
  • Experience with Agile/Scrum development (Jira/Confluence/Git)


Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Secret 

Access: None 

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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