Engineer for Space Domain Awareness

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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.

We remain committed to maintaining a safe environment for hiring as we look forward to the future of work. Click here for information on Aerospace's COVID-19 directives and safety procedures implemented to keep our workplace safe.

The National Systems Group serves as the technical advisor to the Intelligence Community and its mission partners involved in the collection and distribution of national and tactical intelligence, including electronics programs, advanced technologies, ground and communications, imagery programs, and systems engineering and launch.

We are looking for a Project Engineer or Senior Project Engineer for Space Domain Awareness for the Survivability and Resilience Office of the Advanced Technology Division within the National Systems Group. This office provides critical subject matter expertise to assist the government in architecting, developing, and verifying resilient space and ground systems. In this role you will develop and sustain key information systems critical to the protection of national systems on orbit while identifying, elevating, and recommending new technologies and engineering techniques for current and future ground subsystems

This position requires 100% on site work with the customer in Chantilly, VA.

What You'll Be Doing
  • Monitor the Contractor development and sustainment (operations & maintenance) efforts while identifying potential risks, issues, & opportunities (RIO) to senior staff;
  • Identify impacts of Contractor-recommended software and architecture changes, and advise the government program office on alternative solutions and implementations;
  • Lead and support Aerospace-led efforts (i.e., technology assessments, studies, and trades) in candidate's areas of expertise including but not limited to new technologies, systems engineering techniques, or IT updates;
  • Lead and interface with the Aerospace engineering matrix on Aerospace-led projects involving subject matter experts;
  • Represent the program office as technical SME and/or support or lead Integrated Product Teams with program office and development Contractor personnel;
  • Plan and implement technically-sound verification and validation approaches on large, complex, software-intensive ground software system-of-systems.


What You Need to be Successful

Minimum Requirements for Project Engineer
  • Bachelor's degree in science, engineering, mathematics, or a related technical discipline;
  • 8 years of experience in professional engineering experience with increasing responsibilities;
  • Ability to work in a team environment;
  • Experience supporting at least one ground system development or SDA-related technical analysis project
  • Ability to communicate current technology, processes, and/or methods to the Aerospace team and customer;
  • Ability to coordinate technical activities of Aerospace teams;
  • Willing to travel [domestically/internationally] approx. 10%
  • This position requires a current and active TS/SCI security clearance and polygraph, which is issued by the US government. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.


In addition to the above, Senior Project Engineer:
  • A minimum of twelve (12) years of professional engineering experience with increasing responsibilities;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead small teams;
  • Hands-on knowledge of Space Domain Awareness or Battle Management, Command and Control systems.


How You Can Stand Out
It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:
  • Advanced degree in science, engineering, mathematics, or a related technical discipline;
  • Significant experience in Battle Management, Command and Control of air, land, sea, or space defense systems;
  • Familiarity of satellite ground systems (acquisition, design, development, architecture, and operations) and threats to space systems;
  • Prior experience supporting systems engineering activities in the IC (especially the NRO);
  • Familiarity with government acquisition policies and procedures;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the traditional systems engineering Vee;
  • Experience with advanced IT capabilities, including Agile Development and DevSecOps;
  • Experience providing direct engineering support to NRO satellites or ground systems (or similarly complex system);
  • Demonstrated ability to work asynchronously with worldwide remote team members;
  • Familiarity working with Aerospace engineering matrix.


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 ieo.mailbox@aero.org . 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 : R006017
Originally Posted : 2 months ago

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