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Filter by Date: Nov 30, 2018

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 40653 

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia); Columbia, MD (Maryland); 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?


Aerospace Cyber Software and Testing Department is looking for a Senior Software Engineer to join our growing team of cyber warriors who design, implement and deploy cyber solutions to defend our nation’s most valuable assets in space. We support a variety of customers including the Space Missile Center (SMC), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and other civil customers (e.g. NASA), and they all face incredible challenges in protecting their ground networks and satellites systems from sophisticated adversaries as they move from legacy systems to highly resilient, distributed systems utilizing the latest technology such as cloud and cubesats. We are looking for highly motivated engineers who enjoy solving real-world security problems, love to code, and is an expert in systems security, network/cloud security, data protection, embedded systems security, cryptography or software security.


Key Functions

  • Perform experimentation and/or assessment to identify cyber vulnerabilities of existing or emerging systems.
  • Design and apply advanced cybersecurity techniques to ground-based networks and/or satellite systems
  • Perform research and lead team when necessary in the areas of software, hardware and cloud security.
  • Proactively interact with customers by presenting project status, technical findings and technical demonstrations. 


This position can sit in either El Segundo, CA, Chantilly, VA, or Columbia, MD.




  • BS or MS degree in computer science, electrical engineering or equivalent practical experience.
  • Proficient with one or more programming languages including but not limited to C/C++, Python, Java.
  • 8 or more years of experience in software development
  • At least 2 years in applications security, cryptography, network security, embedded systems security reverse engineering or malware analysis.
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.



  • Active security clearance
  • Experience in the development of commercial security products (firewalls, encryption modules, etc.)
  • Working knowledge with satellite systems
  • Experience in embedded system programming and FPGA development
  • Experience in cryptographic systems design (i.e., algorithms, key management)
  • Experience network design and protocols, penetration testing and defensive cyber operations
  • Knowledge of various cyber tools such as Kali Linux and competitive (e.g. capture the flag) cyber experience
  • Experience with Agile methodology and team collaboration tools.


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.


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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