Communications Systems Engineer

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Aerospace Corporation
Aerospace, Engineering, Systems, DSP, Software, Hardware, Algorithms, RF
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.

Job Summary

Main-mission communication satellites, wideband links, command and telemetry, and terrestrial networks, along with their enabling technologies, are the domain of the Communication Technologies and Engineering Division. The division comprises all aspects, from architectures to implementation; our engineers work directly with corporate customers to ensure robust and resilient communications.

Provide technical leadership, engineering support, and staff development to the Communication Systems Engineering Department (CSED) within the Communication Technologies and Engineering Division (CTED). CSED provides support to federal and commercial customers in the areas of design, modeling & simulation, and performance analysis and evaluation of communication systems.

What You'll Be Doing
  • Leading or participating in projects involving:
    • Digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms
    • Software-based communication system simulations
    • Space and terrestrial communication system architectures and tradeoff analysis
    • Communications link performance analysis evaluation
    • Hardware/payload design and evaluation
  • Provide project leadership across multiple disciplines, contractors and customers
  • Mentor junior engineers
  • Develop future projects and manage resources

What You Need to be Successful
Minimum Requirements
  • Degree from an accredited university in engineering or science.
  • Eight or more years of relevant experience in the design, modeling, & simulation and performance analysis of communication systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams and mentor more junior staff.
  • Demonstrated communication skills: The ability to present and communicate project results through briefings and technical reports, and to successfully interact with customers, contractor personnel, company management and subject-matter experts is essential.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.
  • Experience designing, simulating, and analyzing communication systems in the following areas:
    • Digital communication waveforms, including modulation, multiple access, coding, and interleavers
    • Digital signal processing algorithms
    • Signal acquisition and tracking algorithms
    • Algorithms related to signal separation, beamforming, or geolocation
    • RF interference analysis and/or anti-jam/mitigation techniques

How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:
  • Advanced degree from an accredited university in engineering or science.
  • Experience collaborating with and leading multi-disciplinary teams that include Aerospace, government and industry representatives in a fast-paced, multi-tasked environment.
  • Experience with and knowledge of:
    • Space and terrestrial communication system architectures and tradeoff analyses
    • Link performance and channel modeling
  • Experience with and knowledge of:
    • Communications-related hardware, including antennas, RF electronics, filters, and baseband electronics
    • Communication algorithms and systems in hardware implementation
    • Hardware equipment operation
  • Experience with and knowledge of:
    • Enterprise level satellite communications risk reduction testing, developmental testing and/or operational testing
    • Systems engineering or with engineering development and Request for Proposal (RFP) / system acquisition documentation development and review
  • A current and active Secret government clearance with ability to obtain up to SSBI.

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 The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

Company Information

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation. A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators. Are you ready to launch your career?

Dice Id : 90970895
Position Id : R000098
Originally Posted : 11 months ago

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