Digital Design Engineer- Engineering Specialist

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 Electronics and Sensors Division (ESD) is a world-class engineering and scientific leader in electronics and remote sensing systems. The Digital and Integrated Circuit Electronics Department (DICED) resides within ESD and supports the design, modeling, simulation, verification, analysis, and test for microelectronics and digital electronic boards, boxes, subsystems, and systems for civil, commercial, and national space systems. Our expertise, combined with sophisticated in-house laboratories, rapid prototyping, and extensive modeling and simulation capabilities, enables DICED to deliver innovative solutions to national space systems and civil customers.

    What You'll Be Doing

    In this position you will work with our circuit design team and support our customers to optimize the design and development of digital and mixed-signal circuits and systems. Tasks will include design, analysis, modeling, simulation, and characterization of high-speed digital and mixed-signal circuits.
    • Perform requirements development, electrical design, system integration, verification & validation, and risk assessments for space electronic systems
    • Develop and execute analysis and test plans to validate signal and interface integrity
    • Leverage the use of state-of-the-art high-speed digital and microelectronic technology and design best practices
    • Perform Worst Case Analysis (WCA) and Assessment of Critical Timing Relationships (WCTA) on Circuit Card Assembly (CCA) designs
    • Lead failure investigation processes
    • Provide written reports on electronic design project status and results, brief the customers and management on project status/results, and provide end of week reports
    • Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned as needed

    What You Need to be Successful

    Minimum Requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in electrical engineering or another related field
    • At least eight years of experience since obtaining a bachelor's degree
    • Experience with the full design and development cycle of space flight high-speed digital and mixed-signal systems: from concept to on-orbit operation: board/unit/sub-system/system level
    • Familiarity with signal integrity simulation tools
    • Solid background on transmission line theory and in-depth knowledge of electromagnetics, PCB layout, and package layout techniques
    • Familiarity with signal integrity simulation and analysis tools
    • Experience with lab measurements using oscilloscopes, TDRs, VNAs, and spectrum analyzers
    • Familiarity using SPICE or equivalent analog circuit simulation tool
    • Self-motivated, teamwork, and good communication skills
    • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple, concurrent design and analysis projects
    • Ability to document projects in technical reports, presentations/briefs, and report findings to the customer and Aerospace management
    • Willing to travel domestically up to 25%
    • Position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance that is issued by the U.S. 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:
    • Eight or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering/scientific experience since obtaining a bachelor's degree, including experience in high-speed digital design, development, and implementation
    • Demonstrated ability to manage concurrent digital, integrated circuit, and mixed-signal electronics projects
    • Familiarity of board-level and component-level radiation testing
    • Firm understanding of transmission line theory and electromagnetic field concepts
    • Demonstrated ability in Command & Data Handling
    • Demonstrated ability to use signal integrity simulation and analysis tools
    • Demonstrated ability using SPICE or equivalent analog circuit simulation tool
    • Familiarity of high-speed digital communications, space payload electronics, command and data handling systems, and digital signal processing
    • Current Secret or Top-Secret clearance with SSBI or periodic reinvestigation completed within the last five years that resulted in clearance granted or maintained

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