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Filter by Date: Jan 8, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44264 

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?

Responsibilities

The Integrated Sensor Design and Analysis Department supports electro-optical payload development by performing systems engineering analysis in a concurrent engineering environment. Systems are evaluated from an optical, thermal, and structural perspective. We support the optical design, analysis, and testing of sensor systems from short-turnaround prototypes to Class A satellites.  

 

Key Functions

  • Design, develop, model, analyze, and test stray light control systems for space-based electro-optical systems, including the development of novel test and analysis methods as needed.
  • Be an industry leader in stray light and radiometric requirements definitions as well as performance modeling, analysis, and testing methods.
  • Generate novel sensor concepts to meet evolving customer requirements including opto-mechanical designs for implementation and build.
  • Provide performance analysis of electro-optical sensor systems for assessing proposed designs and developing technical performance requirements, including using optical design software.
  • Interact with senior staff and department management to solve challenging technical problems that arise on EO sensor system programs. 

 

***This role can be filled as an Aerospace Senior Member of Technical Staff or Engineering Specialist***

Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree completed from accredited college/university in optics, physics, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering.
  • 5+ years of experience with radiometric propagation and stray light analysis.
  • Must be able to perform detailed optical system analysis in non-sequential raytracing software such as FRED, ASAP, or LightTools.
  • Demonstrated understanding of opto-mechanical effects on straylight of systems.
  • Ability to analyze optical systems using optical software such as CodeV or Zemax.
  • Good analytical skills in electro-optical system performance evaluation including radiometry, stray light, optical design and testing, and sensor performance metrics.
  • Experience in testing optical systems for metrics such as EOD, MTF, and WFE.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work interactively and effectively with Air Force and government customers, and with contractor personnel.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a TS/SCI SSBI security clearance. 

 

Preferred Qualifications for Senior Member of Technical Staff 

  • Advanced degree.
  • Laboratory experience with stray light testing of optical instrumentation and setups.

 

Required for consideration as an Engineering Specialist

  • Bachelor’s degree completed from accredited college/university in optics, physics, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering.
  • 8+ years of experience with radiometric propagation and stray light analysis.
  • Extensive experience performing stray light analysis of optical systems in non-sequential raytracing software such as FRED, ASAP, or LightTools.
  • Demonstrated understanding of  opto-mechanical effects on straylight of systems.
  • Laboratory experience with stray light testing of optical instrumentation and setups.
  • Team leadership experience and mentoring of junior staff.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work interactively and effectively with Air Force and government customers, and with contractor personnel.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a TS/SCI SSBI security clearance. 
  • Experience in testing optical systems for metrics such as EOD, MTF, and WFE.
  • Ability to analyze optical systems using in optical software such as CodeV or Zemax.
  • Good analytical skills in electro-optical system performance evaluation including radiometry, stray light, optical design and testing, and sensor performance metrics.

 

 

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.

 

Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

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 ieo.mailbox@aero.org. 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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