Senior Communication Systems Engineer, Modeling/Simulation

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.

    Value of innovation starts here! We are hiring a Senior Communication Systems Engineer - Modeling/Simulation to support within the Communication Systems Engineering Department (CSED), as you will be essential in solving the most challenging problems for space systems.

    The selected individual will conduct analysis, modeling, and simulations to design and evaluate communication systems, signals, and signal processing algorithms. Your technical leadership for projects success is essential and will help shape the future of communication of space systems and the organization's capabilities.

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

    What You'll Be Doing
    • Lead or execute projects involving
      • Physical and link-layer communication
      • Communication systems engineering
      • Communication waveform design and performance analysis
      • Sophisticated communication system simulations
      • Satellite payload hardware design and evaluation
      • Space and terrestrial communication system architectures
    • Provide expert technical advice on satellite communication systems and waveforms
    • Leverage technical acumen and customer relationships to develop new projects
    • Mentor junior engineers and manage execution of small projects
    • Develop and lead interdisciplinary teams
    • Develop, propose, and lead research & development (R&D) projects
    • Provide expert technical advice to customers, contractors, managers, and cross-functional teams.

    What You Need to be Successful

    Minimum Requirements
    • After beginning with Aerospace, the selected candidate will be in for a Top-Secret Level Security and SCI access. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government.
    • Ten or more years of experience using MATLAB, Python, or C++ to design, analyze and implement communication system simulations
    • An expert-level understanding of communication systems theory, including modulation, coding, and synchronization
    • An expert-level understanding of communication waveforms, channels, and link performance
    • Degree from an accredited university in engineering, science, or mathematics.
    • Demonstrated ability to translate vague concepts into practical, well-defined technical plans
    • Demonstrated ability to lead teams and mentor engineers
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present complex topics clearly to a broad audience, write technical reports, and interact constructively across interdisciplinary and inter-organizational teams

    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.
    • Experience with modern software development practices for code design, documentation, programming, testing such as Agile, DevOps, Confluence, version control, or database management
    • Expertise in commercial wireless standards, GPS/GNSS, anti-jam, anti-scintillation, or LPI/LPD
    • Knowledge of machine learning and its application to communication systems
    • Experience with prototype development, especially with software-defined radios (SDRs)
    • In-depth practical experience with the space industry, including commercial space, Space Force, and the Intelligence Community
    • Demonstrated experience in project management and proposal development
    • Strong systems engineering knowledge, including the development and flow-down of requirements
    • An active Top Secret clearance with SSBI.

    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)

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