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Filter by Date: Jul 25, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45221 

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’s Network Systems Department (NSD) is seeking an experienced Space Network and Communications Systems Engineer/Architect specializing in design, development, and analysis of future space network architectures.  You will be leading and supporting the development of future space network concepts, architectures, requirements, prototyping, and technology demonstrations.  You will play a vital role in leading technical teams and providing subject matter technical expertise in the areas of Space Communication and Network systems to ensure mission objectives are achieved.  A qualified candidate will possess an in-depth understanding of the latest space networking technologies; ability to develop space cloud concepts and networking solutions; ability to analyze network protocols and performance; support assessment of new network engineering concepts and technologies; and provide space network systems engineering leadership to the program office.


Key Functions

  • Lead and participate in multi-disciplinary engineering teams in the development and analysis of future space/satellite network architectures and requirements
  • Lead in various systems engineering tasks and projects through systems architecture definition, development, analysis, modeling & simulation, and prototype development/validation
  • Evaluate and develop multiple access communications or engineering technologies
  • Analyze and simulate complex network architectures and protocols
  • Evaluate mesh communications systems and consider techniques for creating or enhancing LPI/LPD performance
  • Provide independent technical leadership, mentorship, and direction to less experienced staff
  • Coordinate tasks and participate in technical meetings for SMC, NRO, and Civil & Commercial customers working closely with members of a diverse team comprising military officers and Government civilians, prime contractors, SE&I contractors and other FFRDCs
  • Lead specialized technical studies and internal research and development (R&D) projects to develop the next generation of Space and Ground network concepts, architectures, and technologies
  • Support sustainment and development of core network simulation, emulation, and modeling capabilities



  • Degree from an accredited university in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or another related discipline
  • Minimum 8 years of experience in progressively more responsible roles
  • Experience with systems engineering support in space and ground network systems
  • Experience with and strong understanding of physical/MAC layers and satellite networks
  • Experience in network design, analysis, and modeling & simulation
  • Strong understanding of network layers, protocols, and routing algorithms
  • Experience with using IP routing protocols, including TCP/IP, IPsec, and IPv4/6
  • Experience in Python, Matlab, and C/C++
  • Excellent verbal and written English language skills, effective communication skills, and ability to interact well in group meeting/working environments
  • Ability to present results effectively in briefings and technical reports
  • 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



  • Advanced technical degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related discipline from an accredited university
  • Experience with military and commercial satellite communication systems and network engineering
  • Experience with inter-satellite cross-links and laser communication technologies
  • Project development experience and demonstrated ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams
  • Current and active TS/SSBI

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: Full Scope 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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