Senior Software Architect for Modelling and Simulation Design and Integration

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.

Job Summary

The Systems Engineering Division (SED) provides unmatched experience in systems engineering to the U.S. government and to numerous public and private agencies, universities, nonprofit organizations, consortia, and commercial companies involved in the advanced application of space technology. From systems architecture development to system analysis and optimization, astrodynamics, orbital debris, navigation, failure analysis, mission assurance, cost and schedule assessment, and economic market analysis, SED exploits an incredibly broad array of engineering and business disciplines against a diverse and dynamic portfolio of programs and national challenges.

The Modeling and Simulation Computing Department (MSCD) consists of a team dedicated to ground-breaking software solutions and capabilities for government and commercial customer needs. We enable detailed and complex modeling, analysis, optimization, and visualization of satellite orbits, system architectures, and engineering trade-spaces to provide customer decision support for the future of space.

What You'll Be Doing:

  • Initiate and conduct efforts to grow and sustain the sub-division's modeling, simulation, and analysis capabilities to support new and existing functional areas, applying leadership and coordination across multi-disciplinary technical leaders, Aerospace Program Office personnel, and external customers
  • Partner with sub-division analysis leads to exercise influence on key stakeholders and government customers by leading customer engagement efforts on a range of modeling and simulation workflows within the sub-division.
  • Establish and maintain effective and enduring working relationships with key organizational customers
  • Mature technical expertise in the department through mentoring team members and directing workflow development
  • Develop and present timely and technically accurate briefings and reports that clearly communicate software development progress and provide recommended design solutions to technical leads, management, and customers
  • Manage the development and maintenance of one or more corporate M&S tools and associated workflows.
  • Engage with software users and customers to refine capability requirements
  • Conduct software architecture design and lead the integration of new workflows to meet customer needs


What You Need to be Successful

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or other related disciplines from an accredited university
  • Professional experience in software development, engineering, mathematics, or other related disciplines
  • Proficiency in one or more of the department's core computer languages (e.g., Fortran, C++, Python, Matlab, etc.)
  • Professional experience in technical writing and technical presentation
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multi-disciplinary technical teams to successful delivery of complex projects
  • Demonstrated experience training and mentoring junior team members
  • Experience in designing modern software architectures for deployment on Windows and Linux platforms

How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:
  • Graduate degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or other STEM-related discipline from an accredited university
  • Professional experience with successfully developing new capabilities for analysis tools, workflows, or related efforts
  • Professional experience in space-related modeling, simulation, and analysis
  • Professional experience in advanced mathematical or physics topics
  • Professional experience in modern software development, integration, and testing practices
  • Experience interfacing with program office personnel and government customers
  • Extensive experience in modern software architecture design for deployment on Windows and Linux platforms


We offer a competitive compensation package where you'll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. The grade-based pay range for this job is listed below. Individual salaries within that range are determined through a wide variety of factors including but not limited to education, experience, knowledge and skills.

(Min - Mid - Max)
$98,294 - $159,916 - $221,537

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 ieo.mailbox@aero.org . You can also review Know Your Rights : Workplace Discrimination is Illegal , as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement .
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