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Filter by Date: Feb 13, 2019

Filter by Location: Huntsville, AL, US, 35806

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44262 

All Locations: Huntsville, AL (Alabama) 

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?



The Missile Defense Analyst will work independently with both internal and external customers and with technical support, as a technical authority/consultant, or primary investigator. May support others in the organization of technical efforts or project teams. Interfaces between customers and Aerospace technical and management staff.



  • Provide expertise in algorithm development supporting the integration and analysis of diverse data sources. 
  • Assess missile system performance in simulation followed by missile flight test environments
  • Evaluate algorithm performance enhancements through modeling, simulation, & analysis (MS&A).
  • Develop analysis software tools and conduct a range of analysis through the use of a framework of Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) missile system MS&A capabilities including in-house, custom and commercially available/government provided modeling tools.
  • Compare performance assessments of architecture variants and conduct trade studies on specific sensor capabilities, locations, and quantities.
  • Provide independent assessments and lead studies with teams of analysts derived from the most capable government/FFRDC/SETA/contractor sources.
  • Communicate with a broad range of customers, technologists, program managers, and senior leadership
  • Some travel is required.
  • Position is located in Huntsville, Alabama.



Required for MDA Analyst

  • BS degree in CS, Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, or similar applied quantitative discipline
  • Ability to write / maintain scripts, including Matlab or Python
  • Three or more years of post-bachelor's degree related experience, which can include graduate studies



  • An advanced degree in CS, Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, or similar applied quantitative discipline
  • Broad range of computer skills/experience including development in a LINUX environment
  • Experience with software development in one or more languages, C, C++, JAVA
  • Expertise in Matlab development
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas:
    • Algorithm development and/or evaluation
    • Modeling and simulation
    • Missile System Performance
    • IR or Radar sensor performance
    • Fusion of RF and EO/IR data
  • Knowledge of data science, including areas of machine learning, data services, optimization, modeling and analytics.
  • Experience with designing analytic methods and workflows and merging disparate data sources
  • Engineering experience or knowledge of sensor fusion, random variable processes, tracking, Kalman filtering, optimization, and control theory
  • Experience with data mining techniques, including feature generation and feature augmentation
  • Experience with at least one component of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), BMDS Sensors, BMDS Ground Systems, or IR or Radar sensor performance evaluation.
  • Experience in reverse engineering complex systems




Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: None 

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.

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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