Geopositioning Systems Analyst

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.

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.

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 Aerospace Corporation is seeking geopositioning system analysts to design and implement modeling, simulation, and analysis capabilities to baseline current and next generation signals intelligence (SIGINT) and geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) architectures. NGSD serves as a center of excellence in the development and advancement of geolocation and signal processing technologies for the national space enterprise. Specific areas of interest include the development, test, and deployment of geopositioning architectures that exploit conventional and innovative principles of time difference of arrival (TDOA), frequency difference of arrival (FDOA), angle of arrival (AOA), time of arrival (TOA), synthetic aperture radar (SAR), and electro-optical imagery.

The Aerospace Corporation is an open environment structured to foster multi-disciplinary relationships and apply the academic and industry expertise of our engineers, subject matter experts and key stakeholders to solve complex problems across a diverse portfolio of space programs.

What you'll be doing:
  • Advise key stakeholders and government customers by performing a range of modeling, simulation, and analysis in department focus areas such as geolocation, signal processing, orbit determination, and trajectory analysis.
  • Conduct research to advance PNT technologies for national security space and civil/commercial space communities.
  • Plan and conduct technical deep dives, trade studies, and assessments in teams with multi-disciplinary technical leaders, Aerospace Program Office personnel, and external customers including defense and civil agencies, such as the U.S. Space Force, the National Reconnaissance Office, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, National Nuclear Security Administration, and others.
  • Develop and present timely and technically accurate briefings and reports that clearly communicate analysis results and provide recommended solutions, supporting critical decisions in collaboration with technical leads, management, and customers.
  • Expand the department's analysis capabilities by advancing the evolution of analysis tools/workflows and by mentoring/training new analysts
  • Employ a wide range of mathematical and statistical techniques and theories to analyze multiple signal sources, associate signals from a single source collected by more than one receiver, and geolocate the source.
  • Participate in the end-to-end mission data processing development cycle
  • Interacting directly with stakeholders including program office and government customers supporting technical interchange meetings and design reviews and assessing contractor designs and analyses.
  • Travel as necessary to support customer efforts


What you need to be successful ( minimum requirements ):
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, science, mathematics, or other related disciplines from an accredited school
  • Three to five years of progressively responsible professional or academic post-graduate engineering/scientific experience, to include
    • Working knowledge of Aerospace customers and industry partners
    • History of timely and impactful delivery of technical products in a business setting
    • Technical writing presentation
    • Independent technical task and/or team leadership
  • Proficiency in one or more of the department's core computer languages (e.g., Fortran, C++, Python, Matlab, etc.)
  • Experience in one or more of the following subjects: modeling and simulation, data analysis, geolocation, orbit determination, orbit prediction, orbit management systems, maneuver reconstruction, mission data processing, formation flying, rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO) signal processing, space threats, resilient systems, advanced PNT technologies, algorithm design, software development, or mathematical modeling.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Willing to travel domestically to customer and contractor facilities.
  • This position requires the 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) :
  • Graduate degree in engineering, science, mathematics, or other STEM-related discipline from an accredited school
  • Ability to build and foster effective working relationships with customers, contractors, Federally Funded Research & Development Center (FFRDC) and other personnel.
  • Academic or professional experience with successfully developing new capabilities for analysis tools, workflows, or related efforts
  • Academic or professional experience in modern software development, integration, and testing practices
  • Experience interfacing with program office personnel and government customers
  • Additional experience in geolocation topics or satellite navigation, such as estimation theory, covariance analysis, orbital propagation and perturbations, satellite operations, relative navigation, rendezvous and proximity operations, formation flight, or space domain awareness.
  • Experience in applied mathematical topics, such as optimization, statistical estimation, and numerical analysis.
  • Experience in spacecraft or launch operations.
  • Current SSBI with an active TS/SCI clearance.
  • Current SAP access.


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)
$67,573 - $117,940 - $168,307

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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