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Section Manager - Cyber Defense Solutions Department

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Filter by Date: Jul 12, 2019

Filter by Location: Greenbelt, MD, US, 20771

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45516 

All Locations: Greenbelt, MD (Maryland) 

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’s Cyber Defense Solutions Department (CDSD) is looking for a mid-level Section Manager to lead and grow a team of engineers who design, implement and deploy cyber solutions to defend our nation’s space enterprise. 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. The section manager will provide technical management and leadership in the areas of cyber pen-testing (both ground and space), prototype development, and trusted computing to help strengthen our customers’ security posture as they migrate from legacy stove-piped systems to highly resilient, distributed systems utilizing latest technology such as cloud and SmallSats.  


Key Functions

  • Work with department director and other managers as needed in all aspects of developing and managing the organization.
  • Recruit, hire, mentor, and lead staff to create cutting edge prototypes in the fields of ground and spacecraft cyber security.
  • Manage engineers working in the areas of trusted computing, applications and network security, data protection and infrastructure privacy, cryptography or automated software analysis.
  • Interface with the program office customers in task scoping, budget and project management.
  • Extensive interaction via technical working groups, briefings, and personal contact with other engineers, program office personnel, contractors, and government personnel.
  • Lead project teams in the proposal, design and execution of research and development tasks both internal and external to the department
  • Ensure the technical qualify of deliverables (reports, software, services, etc.) to customers.
  • While this is a management position, the selected candidate is expected to get involved on a diverse set of technical projects. It is very important to be hands-on, willing to learn and be comfortable in working in an environment with engineers of diverse backgrounds and expertise.


  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Cyber Security, or other technical area of study
  • 5 or more years of relevant experience in management and/or cyber security
  • GPEN certification required
  • Proficient with multiple programming languages and at least 3 years of hands-on cyber pen-testing experience
  • Experience in the following areas: software assurance, penetration testing, red/blue team exercise, defense cyber ops, DevSecOps, and cloud security
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and complete tasks, learn new technical approaches, mentor junior staff, lead technical efforts, and interact effectively with a broad range of organizations.
  • Strong written and oral communications and interpersonal skills
  • Currently hold a Top Secret/SCI clearance issued by the U.S. government




  • Current TS/SCI level clearance with CI poly
  • Advanced degrees (Masters or PhD) in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Cybersecurity
  • Experience with Agile methodology and team collaboration tools such as Jira and Confluence.


Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


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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