Modeling and Simulation Specialist- OPIR

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 Integrated Sensor Design and Analysis Department (ISDAD) resides within the Electronics and Sensors Division (ESD), a world-class engineering and scientific leader in electronics and remote sensing systems. ISDAD staff develop and leverage innovative modeling and simulation to support the acquisition, design, and operation of visible and infrared passive electro-optical remote sensing payloads for national space and civil customers. Our expertise in design, modeling, simulation, and analysis are augmented by sophisticated in-house laboratories and enable unique approaches to solving the hardest technical problems.

    What You'll Be Doing
    • Supporting the Department of Defense, especially the Air Force Space Systems Command (SSC) and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) on a wide variety of projects, from rapid-development prototypes through Class A satellites and from pre-proposal phases through on-orbit support.
    • Providing electro-optical expertise in the areas of Earth remote sensing and overhead persistent infrared (OPIR) for missile warning/tracking.
    • Working independently and collaborating with senior staff and department management to solve challenging technical problems in support of the warfighter.
    • Support the development of new remote sensing concepts with physics-based modeling and simulation, including the development of technical performance requirements and in the assessment of proposed designs.
    • Interfacing frequently with program office and government personnel.

    This position is available as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff or as an Engineering Specialist

    What You Need to be Successful

    Minimum Requirements:

    Senior Member of the Technical Staff
    • Degree from an accredited university in optics, physics, electrical engineering, or another related discipline.
    • 5+ years of experience performing electro-optical sensor, system, and/or phenomenology modeling and simulation since obtaining a bachelors degree
    • Demonstrated experience using a common processing language (e.g. MATLAB, Python, IDL, C/C++, Fortran) to implement solutions to problems in remote sensing.
    • Strong analytic problem-solving skills relating to the performance of passive remote sensing electro-optical visible and infrared sensors, especially OPIR systems, and including topics such as: radiometry, radiative transfer modeling, target detection, sensor performance metrics, earth-background infrared signatures, and visible and infrared backgrounds.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work interactively and effectively with Air Force and government customers, and with contractor personnel.
    • Must have or be able to obtain a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information TS/SCI SSBI security clearance, which is issued by the US government. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.
    • Willing to travel domestically approx. 5%
    • 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.

    Engineering Specialist

    Same requirements as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff noted above, in addition to:
    • 3+ years (for a total of 8+ years) of experience performing electro-optical sensor, system, and/or phenomenology modeling and simulation since obtaining a bachelors degree
    • Demonstrated team leadership experience and mentoring of junior staff.

    How You Can Stand Out

    It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:

    Engineering Specialist
    • A total of 12+ years of experience performing electro-optical sensor, system, and/or phenomenology modeling and simulation since obtaining a bachelors degree
    • Familiarity with the UNIX/LINUX OS environment, dense core computing, Kubernetes, AWS, etc.
    • Direct experience with the modeling and simulation of OPIR systems

    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)
    $70,999 - $123,920 - $176,842

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