Space Threat Engineer

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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.

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Job Summary

The Systems Performance, Estimation, and Algorithms Department (SPEAD) performs concept development, systems engineering, architecture analysis, algorithm development and evaluation support for national security space customers emphasizing Radar, Electro-Optical (EO) and Infrared (IR) sensors, missile warning/missile tracking (MW/MT) missions, Electronic Warfare (EW), space domain awareness (SDA), and space protection and security . The selected candidate will provide analytical support, algorithm development, systems engineering and architecting, and modeling and simulation analysis for space surveillance systems, space protection and space threat susceptibility, vulnerability analysis and resiliency assessment. Candidate will interact directly with government customers as well as Aerospace program office personnel in the Colorado Springs area and collaborate closely with Engineering and Technology Group (ETG) and program office personnel in El Segundo, CA, Chantilly, VA, and other locations.

What you need to be successful

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, or another related technical discipline
  • Four (4) years of applicable aerospace engineering, physics, or mathematics experience
  • Familiarity and analytical experience with directed energy threat mitigation concepts for electro-optical (EO), and Infrared (IR) sensor and sensor concepts
  • Experience in modeling, simulation, and analysis and/or algorithm development for directed energy phenomena
  • Experience in modern data analysis techniques for algorithm design and evaluation
  • Technical expertise in directed energy threat susceptibility and vulnerability analysis and modeling of space based EO and IR sensor systems and their broader system-of-systems architectures
  • Demonstrated technical leadership in space threat vulnerability and resiliency analysis
  • Good interpersonal communication and briefing skills along with the ability to work independently and interact effectively with high-level government, Aerospace, and contractor personnel
  • 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


How you can stand out
  • Advanced technical degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, or another related technical discipline
  • Background in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence applied to space systems data problems
  • Experience in researching, developing and applying advanced and innovative techniques for algorithm development for directed energy threat detection and reporting
  • Experience with tools to test and analyze the physical effects of directed energy on EO and IR materials
  • Project leadership/management of directed energy threat susceptibility, vulnerability analysis, and modeling of space based EO/IR sensor systems and their broader system-of-systems architectures
  • Current TS/SCI clearance


For Level 3:

Senior Space Threat Engineer

Job Summary

The Systems Performance, Estimation, and Algorithms Department (SPEAD) performs concept development, systems engineering, architecture analysis, algorithm development and evaluation support for national security space customers emphasizing Radar, Electro-Optical (EO) and Infrared (IR) sensors, missile warning/missile tracking (MW/MT) missions, Electronic Warfare (EW), space domain awareness (SDA), and space protection and security . The selected candidate will provide project and technical leadership, analytical support, algorithm development, systems engineering and architecting, and modeling and simulation analysis for space surveillance systems, space protection and space threat susceptibility, vulnerability analysis and resiliency assessment. Candidate will interact directly with government customers as well as Aerospace program office personnel in the Colorado Springs area and collaborate closely with Engineering and Technology Group (ETG) and program office personnel in El Segundo, CA, Chantilly, VA, and other locations.

What you need to be successful

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, or another related technical discipline
  • Eight (8) years of applicable aerospace engineering, physics and/or mathematics experience
  • Develop and analyze directed energy threat mitigation concepts for electro-optical (EO), and Infrared (IR) sensor and sensor concepts
  • Experience in modeling, simulation, and analysis and/or algorithm development for directed energy phenomena using in-house, custom and commercially available/government provided modeling tools
  • Experience in modern data analysis techniques , using innovative and unconventional methods for algorithm development used for government evaluation
  • Provide technical expertise and project leadership in directed energy threat susceptibility and vulnerability analysis and modeling of space based electro-optical (EO), and Infrared (IR) sensor systems and their broader system-of-systems architectures
  • Demonstrated technical leadership in space threat vulnerability and resiliency analysis
  • Good interpersonal communication and briefing skills along with the ability to work independently and interact effectively with high-level government, Aerospace, and contractor personnel
  • 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


How you can stand out
  • Advanced technical degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, or another related technical discipline
  • Background in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence applied to space systems data problems
  • Experience in researching, developing and applying advanced and innovative techniques for algorithm development for directed energy threat detection and reporting
  • Experience with tools to test and analyze the physical effects of directed energy on EO and IR materials
  • Demonstrated project management/ leadership in space threat vulnerability and resiliency analysis
  • Current TS/SCI clearance


Grade-Based Pay Range

(Min - Mid - Max)
$98,294 - $159,916 - $221,537

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 : R005064
Originally Posted : 6 months ago

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