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Filter by Date: Jun 12, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45507 

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?


Provide leadership, planning, and direction for technical staff within the Thermal Control Department. 


Key Functions

  • Allocate and manage resources, and coordinate activities among subordinates, in a manner that is timely and responsive to evolving customer needs, and technically excellent
  • Maintain adequate department staffing, skills mix, training, and career development
  • Lead continuous improvement of expertise in thermal subsystem design, test, and operations
  • Encourage and supervise development of thermal analysis tools and laboratory experiments
  • Adequately inform management and customers of work plans, progress, concerns, and recommendations
  • Provide leadership to audit teams and anomaly investigations
  • Conduct line management functions including strategic planning, hiring/staffing, performance reviews, rewarding/developing staff, and administrative duties
  • Support space vehicle program offices to identify and resolve design, qualification, acceptance, and performance issues relating to thermal subsystems
  • Travel as required to adequately support design reviews, readiness reviews, technical audits, failure investigations, technical interchange meetings, hardware acceptance reviews, launch campaigns, and orbital operations
  • Lead mission assurance support for thermal control systems, especially for spacecraft, and coordinate such activities across the space enterprise, including Aerospace, government, industry, and academia
  • Understand current and anticipate future customer needs via interaction with management and program offices, and ensure effective preparation and responses to those needs
  • Coach and lead staff in technical outreach and shaping the future (especially mission assurance practices and technology development priorities)
  • Establish technical direction, priorities, standards, and objectives, consistent with corporate goals/policies, customer needs, and assigned functions; communicate expectations to staff
  • Monitor and direct the department’s security processes, policy compliance, and safety awareness


  • Bachelor's degree in an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution
  • Outstanding thermal control experience
  • Recent technical support or direct program office experience in active and passive thermal control system design, numerical analysis, thermal analysis tool architecture and design, launch and mission support, thermal subsystem specifications, material properties databases, and thermal testing
  • Effective combination of analytical and experimental skills
  • Demonstrated strong initiative and effective technical leadership
  • Demonstrated leadership in building and managing technical teams, risk management, anomaly investigation, thermal subsystem development, and mission assurance
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, and coordinate activities with diverse organizations and maintain technical cognizance over multiple program support tasks
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively achieve solutions to diverse and complex problems by applying or guiding technical insight, analytical tools, problem solving skills, teamwork, and maturity of judgment
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, program office, contractors, and government personnel
  • Ability to appropriately balance technical detail and broader programmatic considerations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with an ability to effectively communicate organizational positions and findings
  • Current TS/SCI clearance required



  • Advanced degree in an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution
  • At least 12 years of progressively responsible professional engineering/scientific experience
  • Substantial and sustained experience in an effective managerial or supervisory role
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective interpersonal working relationships with all levels of contractors, customers, and corporate staff
  • Experience working on national security space, civil space, and commercial space programs
  • Familiarity with launch vehicle, satellite bus, payloads, and thermal control systems, as well as their relationships to other subsystems and mission-level performance


Physical Requirements/Work Environments

  • Must have the ability to travel via air and automobile


Additional Requisition Details

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.

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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