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Filter by Date: Aug 5, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45744 

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 Senior Optical Communications Engineers and Technologists.  These positions are in El Segundo, CA supporting a wide variety of Government customers and organizations. We provide analysis and simulation capabilities, as well as some hardware engineering support. The respective areas of responsibility will be in analysis, simulation and hardware.


When you join our Optical Communications Office, you’ll be part of a dedicated group of Optical Communication systems engineers and hardware specialists who are at the fulcrum point of influencing the future of National Security Space Optical Communications.  Our unique position as consultant to our customers allows you to have an immediate and significant impact in driving national technical directions and decisions.  The knowledge brought to bear on these challenges is backed by your modeling and/or hardware/testbed efforts generated and validated in our growing optical communications laboratory.  Let’s link up! 


Key Functions

  • Lead a team of Lasercom and photonics members of the technical staff.
  • Provide ongoing technical consultation and advice to management, customers, and contractors in this area of specialization.
  • Initiate studies designed to solve new technical problems and provide new optical communication and photonics technical solutions within this area of expertise, as well as perform long-range technical studies and report findings.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate modulation and coding formats for the application.
  • Generate Lasercom system designs down to the photonics component level.
  • Measure characteristics of photonic components, when these characteristics are not available from the vendor.
  • Take initiative to inform management of perceived technical problems and recommend courses of action.
  • May lead cross-organizational teams and organize interfaces with customers and/or Aerospace program offices.
  • May bring in tasks and projects beyond personal activities from internal and external sources.
  • Act as the organization's designated representative at technical meetings, presentations, and symposia.
  • Represent the department and sub-division with technical presentations, oversee existing projects, and possess the ability to work effectively within the range of our divisional customers.
  • The Senior Optical Communications Engineer will be expected to:
    • Evaluate and develop photonic communications or signal processing engineering technologies.
    • Analyze and simulate complex free-space optical communications, signal-processing, or networking systems.
  • The Senior Optical Communications Technologist will be expected to:
    • Evaluate and develop photonic device technologies.

    • Analyze and simulate photonic device performance and behavior.




  • Master's degree or higher in Electrical Engineering, Optical Sciences or another related technical discipline from an accredited university.
  • A minimum of twelve years' experience in progressively more responsible roles.
  • Hands-on team leadership experience with organizational and customer relations skills.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SSBI security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain this level of security clearance.
  • The Senior Optical Communications Engineer will be required to have:
    • Extensive experience with systems engineering support in optical space and ground network systems.
    • Extensive experience in optical communications system analysis and simulation.
  • The Senior Optical Communications Technologist will be required to have:
    • Extensive experience with optical communication and photonic components used in space and ground networks.
    • Extensive experience in optical communication and photonic component measurement and technology. 



  • Competence in understanding state-of-the-art, relevant communications and signal-processing techniques.
  • Experience with digital signal-processing analysis and simulation.
  • Ability to resolve communication issues associated with various systems.
  • The Senior Optical Communications Engineer will have specific experience in one or more of the following:
    • Modulation/Demodulation
    • Encoding/Decoding
  • The Senior Optical Communications Technologist will have specific experience in one or more of the following:
    • Photonics Device Characterization
    • Photonics Manufacturing


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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Top Secret 

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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