RF Exploitation Data 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.


    The Communication Software Implementation Department (CSID) at the Aerospace Corporation is hiring! CSID provides proof-of-concept studies, novel algorithms, and prototypes using software-defined radios, reconfigurable hardware transceivers, wireless communication, and navigation systems to enable the Space Enterprise's mission success. We are recognized experts in applying non-classical approaches, such as machine learning, to solve real-world problems in satellite communication, signals intelligence, anti-interference, and other mission areas.

    CSID goes beyond analysis and simulation to push the leading edge by building working intelligent communication prototypes using software-defined radios. The domain for our larger engineering division, Communication Technologies, and Engineering Division, focuses on main-mission communication satellites, wideband links, command and telemetry, and terrestrial networks, along with their enabling technologies.

    This position is a hybrid work model and can sit partially remotely with some onsite work required in El Segundo, CA or Chantilly, VA.

    What You'll Be Doing
    • The chosen talented individual will look to support and develop backend architecture and interconnects for RF exploitation processors
    • Architect and implement RF exploitation system prototypes to guide space enterprise acquisition strategies
    • Engage in mentoring activities that promote a culture of inclusivity and growth both within, and across, organizational boundaries
    • Manage technical projects with cross-disciplinary teams from proposal to execution plan to final product delivery
    • Must be excited about exploring fields and concepts that may be out of your current work experience

    This position can be filled as an RF Exploitation Data Engineer or Sr. RF Exploitation Data Engineer.

    What You Need to be Successful

    Minimum Requirements for RF Exploitation Data Engineer:
    • MUST HAVE an active TS/SCI security clearance for consideration
    • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or another related disciplineis required
    • Typically 8 or more years of experience of backend development utilizing
      • Containerized deployment: Docker, Kubernetes, Harbor, or equivalents
      • Programming languages: SQL, Python, PHP, JavaScript, or Java
      • Knowledge of cloud technologies: AWS, Azure, or equivalents
    • Experience leveraging DevOps/SecDevOps pipelines
    • Technical leadership skills, from project ideation to delivery of Aerospace-quality products
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with corporate, customer, and contractor management and staff
    • Effective mentorship of junior engineers

    Minimum Requirements for Sr. RF Exploitation Data Engineer:
    • All of the above requirements for RF Exploitation Data Engineer
    • Typically 12 or more years of professional experience in backend development utilizing
      • Containerized deployment: Docker, Kubernetes, Harbor, or equivalents
      • Programming languages: SQL, Python, PHP, JavaScript, or Java
      • Knowledge of cloud technologies: AWS, Azure, or equivalents

    How You Can Stand Out

    It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:
    • Advanced degree (Master or PhD) in relevant engineering disciplines
    • Bring over 6-years of work experience in backend development
    • Experience in RF Processing or Digital Communication
      • Languages: C++, MATLAB, Python, FORTRAN, etc.
      • Prototyping using GNU Radio, SDR#, SoapySDR, X-Midas, neXt-MIDAS, etc.
      • Familiarity with machine learning development and best practices
        • Data-centric problem formulation, data cleaning experience, and knowledge of classification, regression, and reinforcement learning
        • Languages/libraries: TensorFlow, scikit-learn, Keras, Theano, PyTorch, Veles, etc.
        • ML Ops tools and processes
    • Experience with Air Force and/or NRO space programs

    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)
    $103,285 - $168,019 - $232,752

    Pay Basis: Annual

    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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