Sr. Digital Signal Processing Engineer

Full Time

    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.


    Do you have an interest in prototyping cutting-edge communication and positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) systems that will drive future acquisition programs? Then a role in the Digital Communication Implementation Department (DCID) is the ideal landing spot for your next career move.

    Aerospace focuses on main-mission communication satellites, wideband links, command and telemetry, and terrestrial networks, along with their enabling technologies. The division comprises all aspects, from architectures to implementation; our engineers work directly with corporate customers to ensure robust and resilient communications.

    DCID uses software-defined radios and FPGA technology to develop advanced communication and navigation system prototypes (GNSS, PNT, GPS, etc.) that solve the toughest problems related to digital communication systems. DCID's support includes guiding the acquisition of next generation communication and navigation systems needed by our customer, helping industry implement cutting edge technology and creating innovative solutions to our customers' most challenging problems. Our group supports exciting programs such as the Aerospace CubeSat SlingShot Platform , development of the Payload Characterization and Environments (PACE) Lab , and competing in challenges such as the Blind Signal Classification Challenge .

    Come and join us on the leading edge of digital communications!

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

    What You'll Be Doing
    • Provide technical leadership, deliver detailed signal analyses, prototype hardware designs and communication system assessments via briefings and/or technical reports to customers and colleagues
    • Research pertaining to advanced signal processing, GPS/GNSS technology and/or re-configurable communication systems
    • Develop and implement advanced signal processing algorithms with applications to GPS/GNSS receivers, communication transceivers and/or digital signal processing primarily on re-configurable platforms
    • Analysis of signal processing performance using MATLAB, Python, or similar simulation environments.

    What You Need to be Successful

    Minimum Requirements:
    • Minimum of 8 years of experience in the industry
    • Bachelor's degree or higher in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science Experience implementing digital communications and/or DSP algorithms
    • Experience leading a communications system development effort
    • Theoretical understanding and practical experience with modern communication and digital signal processing techniques
    • Laboratory experience troubleshooting digital hardware designs using logic analyzers, spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, oscilloscope, and other standard test equipment
    • Proficiency in one or more of the following languages: MATLAB, Python, or C/C++
    • The candidate must also be able to lead and mentor our junior staff and be a true force multiplier
    • Willing to travel as needed
    • This position requires ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the US government. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance

    How You Can Stand Out

    It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:
    • MS or PhD degree from an accredited program in Communication Theory and Digital Signal Processing or another related field
    • Experience leading multiple research activities such as Independent Research and Development (IRAD) efforts
    • Able to work in a dynamic environment, guiding and executing taskings for small teams of engineers on several projects within a technical focus area
    • Familiar with software frameworks for Software Defined Radios (SDR) such as GNU Radio, embedded system architecture, RF design and spectrum management, GPS/GNSS and other localization technologies/concepts
    • Active US government security clearance at SECRET or TS/SCI

    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)

    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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