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Sr. Project Engineer: Evolved Strategic SATCOM Digital Subsystem Lead

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Filter by Date: Mar 12, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44820 

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 clandestine 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?


Seeking a Digital Processing Subsystem expert in satellite communications for the Evolved Strategic SATCOM (ESS) Payload.  Provide technical leadership in an integrated program office of Air Force, Aerospace, SETA, and contractors.  Coordinate efforts for the ESS Payload Digital Processing Subsystem in support of the ESS Rapid Prototyping and Rapid Fielding. The selected candidate will possess excellent oral and written communications skills.  Strong interpersonal skills required for interacting with Aerospace peers, SETA colleagues, contractor representatives, and Air Force counterparts.  Will be responsible for risk reduction and mission success assurance for the ESS Payload Digital Processing Subsystem's design, development, testing, and performance verification.


Key Functions

  • Coordinate with program office colleagues, ETG specialists and SETA contractors to ensure a successful ESS rapid prototyping of digital processing subsystem
  • Identify and prioritize tasks for the ESS Space Segment Rapid Prototyping acquisition planning, RFP preparation and proposal evaluation in the areas of ESS Payload Digital Processing Subsystem
  • Develop Statement of Work and evaluation criteria for the ESS Rapid Prototyping Digital Processing Subsystem
  • Conduct analysis and simulation for the Rapid Prototyping Digital Processing Subsystem design and performance verification, including digital/mixed signal processing
  • Assess risks and develop mitigation plans for the Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) and Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) design, manufacturing, and qualification processes for the ESS Payload
  • Provide technical leadership in cyber security vulnerability assessments and protections for the ESS Payload
  • Prepare and present technical briefings to senior Aerospace management and Air Force Leadership
  • Prepare weekly status reports
  • Moderate travel is required



•             12 or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering/scientific experiences

•             Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or science from a recognized institution

•             Military communications satellite experience specialized in digital processing sub-systems

•             Experience in Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) and Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) design, manufacturing, and qualification processes

•             Experience in cyber security vulnerability assessments and protections

•             Experience in military communications system definition, payload requirements development and verification

•             Experience in performing risk assessments for satellite payload and digital electronics subsystems

•             Ability to lead and work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams with Aerospace, government, SETA and contractor personnel

•             Experience with program office processes

•             Experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with customers

•             Active Top Secret and SCI clearances

•             Ability to travel as needed



•             Advanced technical degree in engineering, science or physics

•             Experience with military protected satellite communications radiation and security hardening

•             Experience with military protected satellite communications under jamming and scintillation

•             Experience with the AEHF system requirements, payload & XDR waveform

•             Knowledge of AEHF user's requirements and communication networks

•             Knowledge of military communication satellite resiliency requirements and analyses

•             Strong interpersonal and communication skills, team leadership abilities, and a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate technical ideas both verbally and in writing

•             Familiarity with the Aerospace Mission Assurance Processes

•             Familiar with Aerospace culture and prior experience coordinating with Engineering & Technology Group (ETG)




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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: PROJECT ENGR SR 

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.


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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