Director- Imaging Spectroscopy Department (ISD)

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Aerospace Corporation
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

Physical Sciences Laboratories (PSL) has more than 100 specialized laboratories used to test, analyze, and troubleshoot virtually every aspect of rocket and satellite system design, development, construction, deployment, and operation. The diverse expertise of the laboratories' technical staff allows PSL to stay abreast of new technological developments and program support issues associated with rapidly evolving space systems.

We are looking for a leader for the Imaging Spectroscopy Department (ISD) with proven organizational and project leadership and technical success. This is a critical management position that is both inward and outward focused: develop the staffing and personal and organizational relationships to insure ISD provides critical support to our customers, and to have deep understanding of customer missions and a vision for tomorrow so that ISD can be a critical partner in making those missions successful. This is a full-time position based in El Segundo, CA.

What You'll Be Doing
  • You will be responsible for developing and maintaining a new and agile department strategy that grows PSL's hyperspectral collection, research, and mission utility for a wide range of US government customers
  • You will be the corporate focal point for hyperspectral work with efforts that include outreach to relevant stakeholders, assessments of Aerospace capabilities, and development of integrated product teams that implement new hyperspectral initiatives
  • S/he will partner with PSL leadership on effective communication of department status, strategies, and successes
  • Focus on the health of the department and the health and viability of the hyperspectral field within Aerospace
  • S/he will be a mentor for technical and programmatic leadership inside and outside the organizational boundaries

What You Need to be Successful

Minimum Requirements:
  • PhD in a physical science that is technically related to hyperspectral remote sensing field or equivalent
  • Typically (12) or more years of applicable professional or educational engineering/scientific experience is required
  • Experience with hyperspectral sensors, technologies, customer applications, and data processing techniques
  • Experience with project leadership and demonstrated ability to initiate and lead team efforts
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to influence a technical organization
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Willingness to occasionally travel (primarily domestic travel) and to work off-business hours to support customer needs, approximately 20% (as required)
  • This position requires a Secret security clearance with the ability to obtain and maintain SCI access, which is issued by the US 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:
  • Awareness of the potential role of hyperspectral sensing in the roadmaps of several US government customers and in the commercial arena
  • Ties with hyperspectral stakeholders in government and in industry
  • Interest in developing an integrated framework for a diverse set of hyperspectral lines of business across the corporation
  • Desire to advance the state of the art in hyperspectral technologies

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 : R002676
Originally Posted : 4 weeks ago

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