Senior Digital Communication and Signal Processing Engineer

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Aerospace Corporation
Aerospace, FPGA, Engineering, Computer, DSP, Python, Linux, RF, GPS, Research, Development
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 Aerospace Corporation's Digital Communications Implementation Department (DCID) uses software-defined radios and FPGA technology to develop advanced communication and navigation system prototypes that solve problems related to digital communication systems. DCID's support includes guiding the acquisition of next generation communication and navigation systems needed by our customer, helping industry implement cutting edge technology and creating innovative solutions to our customers' most challenging problems. Please join us on the leading edge of digital communications.

  • Perform technical leadership, conduct specialized technical studies, lead internal research and development efforts.
  • Provide technical guidance to management and customers.
  • Explore modern techniques and unconventional methods for algorithm design and problem-solving.
  • Provide recognized depth and technical leadership in at least one area of engineering or scientific expertise aligned with DCID's charter.
  • The candidate must also be able to lead and mentor our junior staff and be a true force multiplier.


  • Minimum of 12 years of experience in the industry.
  • Master's degree or higher in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science.
  • Experience in prototyping of digital communication systems and/or algorithms.
  • Hands-on experience implementing communication algorithms using embedded software, multi-threaded programming, DSP, FPGA, SDRs.
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following programming languages: C, C++, Python and MATLAB.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Theoretical understanding and practical experience with modern communication and digital signal processing techniques.
  • Demonstrated effective mentorship, team building, and interpersonal skills with colleagues
  • 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.
  • Ability to travel as needed

  • Ph.D degree in the area of digital communications, information theory or signal processing.
  • Familiarity with designing software defined radio receivers and libraries such as GNU Radio.
  • Experience working with Linux, and development on a Linux platform.
  • Experience with embedded development and/or familiarity with ARM processors.
  • Experience with embedded system architecture, RF design and spectrum management, GPS/GNSS and other localization technologies/concepts
  • Familiarity with trends in machine learning, data science, and their application for signal processing problem solving
  • Experience in writing and leading research activities such as Independent Research and Development (IRAD) efforts

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 : R001654
Originally Posted : 3 months ago

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