Communication Systems Engineer (Hybrid)

Full Time

  • No Travel Required

Job Description

The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation's space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space- delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you'll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration - to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.


Satellites, Rockets, Space Telescopes, Missiles, Rovers - they all communicate wirelessly. We do that! If you're looking for a challenge, you've found it.

This is a Communications System Engineer position inside the Communication and Networking Architecture Subdivision (CNAS). As part of the Modeling and Simulation (M&S) team, you'll be working to solve the toughest problems in wireless communication today. From innovation of completely new technologies and concepts through re-application of existing standards in novel forums and environments, you'll be testing your M&S skills to their limits - M&S for Communication Systems, Systems Design, Signal Processing, Algorithms, and challenging environmental effects. These are not your average link budgets.

This role can be in a hybrid work model which offers partially remote with some onsite work required in El Segundo, California.

What You'll Be Doing:
  • Provide technical advice on satellite communication systems and signal processing to internal and external customers
  • Independently perform analysis, simulation, laboratory activities or systems engineering involving
  • Physical and link-layer communication
  • Digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms
  • Sophisticated communication systems simulations
  • Space and terrestrial communication system architectures
  • Communications link performance analysis evaluation
  • Payload hardware design and evaluation
  • Mentor other engineers and university interns
  • Develop and implement innovative technical concepts

What You Need to be Successful

Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree or above in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or related field
  • Minimum of 7-years of experience in the design, analysis, simulation or modeling of communication systems
  • A strong understanding of digital signal processing/communication systems theory, including modulation, coding, and synchronization
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including delivering presentations and writing technical reports
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Government - Top Secret security clearance with Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).

How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:
  • M.S. or Ph.D. in engineering, science, or mathematics, with advanced academic work in communication systems and signal processing
  • Strong systems engineering experience such as the development, flow-down and verification of requirements
  • Knowledge of GPS/GNSS systems and digital signal processing
  • Experience with prototype development and software-defined radios (SDRs)
  • Experience with modern software-development practices and tools. Demonstrated ability to design and implement communication and signal processing simulations in MATLAB, Python, or C++
  • Experience with the space industry, including commercial space, Space Force, and the Intelligence Community
  • Experience with government acquisitions and source selection processes
  • An active Top-Secret clearance with SSBI.

Grade-Based Pay Range

(Min - Mid - Max)

Ways We Reward Our Employees

During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.

Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:
  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans
  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options
  • 401(k) Plan - Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career
  • Education assistance programs
  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other-the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

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 Know Your Rights : Workplace Discrimination is Illegal , as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement .
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